RISE AND SHINE ...IT’S A GLORIOUS NEW BRITAIN
BREXIT Day celebrations swept across Britain last night as the UK left the European Union.
At the stroke of 11pm, flagwaving revellers poured into Parliament Square, bells rang out and a drum that was attached to a “Little Ben” cart banged.
Undeterred by the rain, people marked the historic occasion to hits from Sir Tom Jones and Queen.
David and Nancy Waller travelled from Shropshire with their Victorian cart, which cost £500 to rebuild.
He said: “We have come here because we are great supporters of democracy. At one stage we thought it was all over, but it ain’t now.”
Draped in a Union flag, mother-of-three Elizabeth Bailey, 58, said: “I think it’s wonderful – it’s better than winning theWorld Cup.
“It’s a chance to make Britain great again.”
Customer service adviser Elizabeth, whose former soldier husband died from cancer last year, declared: “This is what he voted for too. I am just sorry he can’t be here to see this.”
She travelled from Rayleigh, Essex, with friend Lesley Martin, 64, to savour the moment.
Lesley said: “It is a truly historic day. We’re going to enjoy every minute of it.” Plumber Jim Blake, 61, drove to London from his Portsmouth home in his 1958 BMW Isetta bubble car, parading two giant Union flags.
After reaching Parliament Square with his friend and “navigator” Martyn Hughes, 57, Jim said: “We’ve been having a whizz around just to put a smile on people’s faces.
“I voted to leave and I believe it was definitely the right thing to do. The future is bright.”
Taking cover under a Union flag umbrella, City worker Mark Williams, 37, from Wimbledon, south-west London, said: “I’m here to soak up the atmosphere – literally by the looks of it.
“I really do believe that tonight could be the start of a new era for our country and that’s something worth celebrating.”
In the shadow of silenced Big Ben, student Martin Elliott, 22, from Watford, Herts, said: “It’s not just the older generation who believe it’s time for a change.
“I think it’s time for Leavers and Remainers to put aside their differences and see this as a fresh
start. Whatever background and whatever part of the country you’re from, it’s time to pull together.
“The future is in all of our hands. Let’s make the most of it.”
Britain’s most pro-Brexit town, Boston, Lincs, where 75.6 per cent voted Leave in 2016, was also in the party spirit. Proud Anton Dani, 54, the town’s first mayor born
overseas for 400 years, said that the UK had finally regained its pride and dignity.
The father of two, who hails from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, said: “I call Brexit the great escape, freedom and Independence Day.
“Brexit has been like a unreliable lover for these past four years. Are we free or not? I think we
are now.” Regulars at the town’s Robin Hood Inn partied the night away at a Brexit-themed evening.
The pub was draped in St George’s and Union flags.
Meanwhile, the jukebox played anthems from Last Night Of The Proms, as well as You’ll Never Walk Alone and Swing Low Sweet Chariot. Builder Tim Lockley, 44,
said: “It’s took long enough but we’re finally here.
Father-of-one Tim added: “It’s time to take back control from Brussels and I think the country will push on from here.
“It was uncertainty that was killing us.
“This is a momentous day and the nation should be proud.”