Thou­sands turn out to show their sup­port for Eng­land

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & world Update - By Tara Dun­don tara.dun­don@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

THE streets of Peter­bor­ough were buzzing with ex­cite­ment and an­tic­i­pa­tion through­out Eng­land’s first World Cup game against the USA on Satur­day.

Red and white was the colour across Peter­bor­ough on Satur­day as peo­ple donned curly wigs, flags, hats, T-shirts and face paints and got in true pa­trirotic spirit in prepa­ra­tion for their home coun­trys’ first match.

Pubs and bars were bustling and spilling out with thou­sands of foot­ball fans, while oth­ers cel­e­brated Eng­land’s first game with a party or bar­be­cue at their city homes.

At the Sports Lounge in King Street, hun­dreds of fans turned out for an ex­clu­sive street-style party which in­cluded watch­ing the match on a huge LED screen.

Fans were roar­ing with ex­cite­ment, wav­ing flags and shout­ing at the top of their voices “Come on Eng­land” when Steven Ger­rard scored just four min­utes in.

How­ever the cheers soon turned to boos and nail bit­ing when Robert Green’s howler al­lowed USA striker Clint Dempsey to equalise.

Speak­ing at the Sports Lounge wear­ing an Eng­land hat with flags painted on her cheeks, Liz McFarland (40), of Wal­ton, Peter­bor­ough, said: “The at­mos­phere in the city is just elec­tric. Hav­ing a mini party and a huge screen at the Sports Lounge is a great idea.

“I am fully be­hind Eng­land and think they can win the World Cup.”

Richard Pas­tow (26), of Pas­ton, who had his face painted and was sport­ing a huge Eng­land flag, said: “Eng­land have got the po­ten­tial to win. I will be watch­ing ev­ery game re­li­giously. It is im­por­tant ev­ery­one gets be­hind Eng­land and sup­ports them.”

Emma Judges (31), of Sugar Way, Wood­ston, added: “I think it is im­por­tant girls watch the fo­to­ball and sup­port their coun­try too. It is great to see so many peo­ple out in the city all sup­port­ing one thing – Eng­land.”

Pub and bar man­agers across the city are now gear­ing up for Eng­land’s next match against Al­ge­ria on Fri­day.

Co-owner of the Sports Lounge Ian Bridge­stock said the evening was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.

He said: “Ev­ery­one seemed to en­joy them­selves, we didn’t have any trou­ble. The only thing which was a bit dis­ap­point­ing was the re­sult.

“The feed­back from the night has been bril­liant and it seems we have done what the peo­ple of Peter­bor­ough have wanted for some time.

“We will be do­ing it all over again on Fri­day and we hope it will be big­ger and bet­ter, and hope­fully with an Eng­land win this time.”

Man­ager of Char­ters in Town Bridge, Peter­bor­ough, Hugh Sher­wood, said: “It was a great night. We had fairly large crowds in the gar­den watch­ing the match on the big screens.

“We will be screen­ing all of the matches and will be wel­com­ing all of the city’s Eng­land sup­port­ers down again on Fri­day where it will be played on the big screens and there will also be a bar­be­cue.”

highs and lows: Hun­dreds of fans at

big crowd: Fans at Bo­tolph Green. (metp-12-06-10pf549)

colour­ful sup­port: Craig Carter at the Sports Lounge. (metp-12-0610bd217)

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