August 2 2014 Latest news:
Andrew Fitchett, Reporter
Friday, June 20, 2014
A King’s Lynn volunteer says she is having a ball in Brazil with the World Cup proving to be a “non-stop party”.
Claire Jermany, 23, has been in Rio de Janeiro since the tournament began as she acts as a steward at seven games, including the final.
Her first shift saw her witness Lionel Messi score the winner in the Argentina v Bosnia game on Monday.
That was followed up by another classic on Wednesday, as she was in the stands to see reigning champions Spain dumped out by Chile.
But while Spanish fans mourned the defeat, she said the tournament had brought carnival time to Rio.
“It is one non-stop party and I somehow booked a hostel in the centre of the party district. Everyone congregates in the streets and dances all night long,” she said.
She has also been catching games at the FanFest outdoor screens in Copacabana.
Joined by thousands of other supporters, her choice of shirt managed to get her noticed by some supporters from closer to home.
“On Saturday I watched the England game at FanFest and there were thousands of England fans in good spirits.
“I wore my Norwich shirt and bumped into a group of guys from Norwich which was nice,” she said.
She added: “The atmosphere has been amazing, with people talking to each other and partying a lot. There has been some trouble but luckily I have steered clear of that.”
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