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Special World Cup t-shirts to bring fans together

12:32 12 June 2014

Martha Sandford models the Portugal shirt. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Martha Sandford models the Portugal shirt. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A landlord is hoping to spread World Cup fever across different nations after producing special T-shirts in the colours of one of England’s rivals.

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Paul Sandford at the Railway Tavern in Dereham has had world cup t-shirts for his customers marking the fixtures for England and Portugal. With him is daughter Martha Sandford. Picture: Matthew Usher.Paul Sandford at the Railway Tavern in Dereham has had world cup t-shirts for his customers marking the fixtures for England and Portugal. With him is daughter Martha Sandford. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Paul Sandford, at the Railway Tavern, has produced T-shirts in England colours, featuring the nation’s badge and fixtures. In recognition of the large Portuguese community in Dereham, he has also produced similar tops in Portuguese colours.

It is hoped the initiative will help defuse tension witnessed between England and Portugal fans in previous tournaments and create a happy multicultural feel in the town.

Both shirts will raise funds for the Light Dragoons Colonel’s Appeal, and there will be a range of other activities at the Yaxham Road pub.

Mr Sandford said: “We’ve got a large contingent of Portuguese in Dereham and I want to show them they are welcome to come down; everybody is welcome, not just England fans.”

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