A GRANDSON knew his nan would miss seeing him on her 90th birthday — so he sent her a giant banner of his face.

Simon Rodgers, 34, surprised Maureen White with the 6.5ft gift because he could not visit her.


Simon, who lives in London, sent the banner to the family home in York where Maureen lives with his parents, Janice, 62, and Steve, 61, with specific instructions not to unroll it before the big day.

The HR consultant said: "I would ordinarily go back home for such a big birthday and I was just thinking about how I could do anything to make her laugh or raise a smile.

"I thought about getting a giant card, but I thought a roll-up banner of my face would be better.

"I wanted to get her something that was more of a gift she could experience."

Maureen, a mother-of-eight, unrolled the banner and showed Simon over a video call.

Simon added: "It was lovely to see my nana and help celebrate a very special day."

Maureen, of York, said: “While Simon couldn't be here in person, seeing a two-metre tall picture of him has meant he's been here in spirit.

"It was very thoughtful and put a big smile on my face.

"I don't really want to take it down. I might have to leave it up until he gets me a new one for my 100th birthday."


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