21 Feb 2019 by John Edwards

Bill Nighy's floral tribute for Alty initiative

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Admiration for Altrincham’s widely-celebrated kit initiative has been expressed in both the written and spoken word, but one world-renowned actor decided to say it with flowers.

Everyone at Alty has been astounded by the media and public interest in the decision to demonstrate our support for Football v Homophobia Action Month by wearing a strip based on the LGBT + Flag for last Saturday’s Vanarama National League North fixture with Bradford (Park Avenue).

Messages of congratulations flooded in from all corners of the globe, and the surprises kept coming for staff at The J.Davidson Stadium on Tuesday morning when they answered a knock at the door to find a Lymm florist bearing a huge bouquet of roses, each one dyed the colours of the rainbow.

A simple note on the accompanying card left them open-mouthed, as it read: "Congratulations on the rainbow strip. I salute you. Bill Nighy xxx"

The spectacular array of colourful roses was shown round the boardroom, sponsors’ lounge and Community Sports Hall prior to Tuesday night’s game with Spennymoor Town and is further evidence of the impact made by the club’s bold stance in authorising such visible support for the fight against homophobia.

Bill’s stellar career on stage and screen has won him BAFTA awards, as best supporting actor for his role in the smash-hit film Love Actually and best TV actor for State of Play.

Away from his filming and theatre commitments, he is a fervent Crystal Palace fan and patron of their children’s charity, and he also lends his support to total gender equality.

Bill, we salute you, sir!

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