‘You’ve been flamingoed!”  

Portishead Lions Club UK vice-president Linda Warren and treasurer Paul Bridgen.

Portishead Lions Club UK vice-president Linda Warren and treasurer Paul Bridgen. - Credit: Portishead Lions Club

Plastic flamingos have been spotted across Portishead to help lift people's spirits during the pandemic.  

Residents have woken up to a flock of 30 of the feathery creatures in their gardens to celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries and just because, all in the name of charity.  

Portishead Lions vice-president Linda Warren and treasurer Paul Bridgen with a flock of 30 plastic flamingos.

Portishead Lions vice-president Linda Warren and treasurer Paul Bridgen with a flock of 30 plastic flamingos. - Credit: Portishead Lions Club

Portishead Lions Club UK was inspired to launch the initiative this month by another branch of the non-profit organisation in Bexhill, which started ‘flamingoing’ homes in the first lockdown. 

The Portishead organisation has been an integral part of the community for 50 years and is part of Lions Club International, which has 1.3million members in more than 200 countries around the world.

The Portishead fundraiser is collecting money for local causes and activities in the town, as well as to support the work of Lions international.

Residents have been surprised to find a flock of 30 plastic birds in their gardens by family and friends.

Residents have been surprised to find a flock of 30 plastic birds in their gardens by family and friends. - Credit: Portishead Lions Club

Portishead Lions vice-president, Linda Warren, said: “We launched the initiative on June 12 and we have back-to-back bookings for the next couple of weeks.  

“People like it because it’s fun, we’ve all had such a miserable year and it’s a lovely way to cheer people up. Residents are booking the flamingos for birthdays, wedding anniversaries and more, and we even made it to TV after we surprised an 11-year-old girl on her birthday who had to stay in self-isolation on Thursday.” 

Residents have been surprised to find a flock of 30 plastic birds in their gardens by family and friends.

Residents have been surprised to find a flock of 30 plastic birds in their gardens by family and friends. - Credit: Portishead Lions Club

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Portishead Lions charges £30 for hire with all proceeds going to good causes. The plastic birds are mainly put up by Linda and Portishead Lions treasurer Paul Bridgen on the morning of a booking, where the flamingos are placed in a garden and remain for the rest of the day.  

Linda says it's ‘early days yet’ and the club has ‘covered our costs already; we’re in profit’, with money raised now given to charitable causes in the area.


A flock of 30 plastic birds have appeared in gardens across Portishead.

A flock of 30 plastic birds have appeared in gardens across Portishead. - Credit: Portishead Lions Club

She added: “We plan on carrying on, there’s no plan on stopping. We’ve had to turn down some bookings because the flamingos are double-booked. 

“We raise money for all sorts of local causes, including contributions to the local food bank, to local families through the council, as well as local charities and communities, and a small portion to Lions International, which our club is part of.” 

Residents of Norewood Lodge Care Home in Portishead woke up to a flock of 30 plastic birds on the grounds on June 16.

Residents of Norewood Lodge Care Home in Portishead woke up to a flock of 30 plastic birds on the grounds on June 16. - Credit: Portishead Lions Club

The first flock of flamingos surprised residents at Norewood Lodge Care Home in town on June 16. On Saturday, Portishead resident Nick White woke up to a flock of 30 flamingos in his garden in celebration of his 61st birthday.  

Nick said: “My wife organised it for me for my birthday after she saw the story in the media. 

Portishead resident Nick White with Portishead Lions Club vice-president Linda Warren and treasurer Paul Bridgen.

Portishead resident Nick White with Portishead Lions Club vice-president Linda Warren and treasurer Paul Bridgen. - Credit: Portishead Lions Club



“I came downstairs in the morning, opened the patio curtains, and there they were on the lawn. It was a complete surprise – I didn’t know a thing.  

“It’s a very good idea for charity and a lovely birthday surprise.”  

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