Revered amongst United’s 670 million worldwide Supporters, Big Lily has become an iconic symbol, which represents all things positive relating to Manchester United, friendship and passion through football.
Keith Norris and Martin ‘Faceman’ Cleary, two friends of opposite religions in Northern Ireland, created ‘Big Lily’. They named it to represent the Protestant ‘Orange Lily’ and the Catholic ‘Easter Lily’.
Manchester United’s famous ‘Big Lily’ giant flag has travelled the world supporting the team since 1999. Now the flag, currently the subject of a year long documentary, is set to make history with a new mural on the Peace section of Belfast’s globally renowned, International Wall Murals, where it will be viewed by many of the city’s 9.5 million annual visitors.
The flag has many famous friends – from footballers including Gary Neville, Raul Gonzalez and Cristiano Ronaldo – to dignitaries such as Dieter Reiter, Lord Mayor of Munich, Mark Magowan, President of Western Australia and Former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, all of who contribute to the film.
This is the story of the flag of friendship ‘Big Lily’.
Harry Gregg MBE
“Big Lily is about the ordinary people, the flag that they worship, what it represents and I am very proud of Keith Norris. He has done exceptionally well… and Big Lily has done even better”.