Thousands turn out to show their support for England
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)