'Hands in the air, bums on seats' - pub crowds celebrate Euro 2020 win

A capacity crowd of 230 cheered on the Three Lions at the Railway Tavern in Dereham.

A capacity crowd of 230 cheered on the Three Lions at the Railway Tavern in Dereham. - Credit: Sydney McGrath Photography

Crowds packed into pubs across the county yesterday as England won their first ever opening game of a European Championship, evoking memories of the elation of summer 2018, despite Covid restrictions.

In Dereham, a capacity crowd of 230 packed into the Railway Tavern to follow the Three Lions across 23 screens including some in the toilets.

Classic England songs were piped through giant speakers to those watching in the marquee who sang along in tremendous voice as the team sealed a 1-0 victory thanks to Raheem Sterling's goal.

A capacity crowd of 230 cheered on the Three Lions at the Railway Tavern in Dereham.

A capacity crowd of 230 cheered on the Three Lions at the Railway Tavern in Dereham. - Credit: Sydney McGrath Photography

A capacity crowd of 230 cheered on the Three Lions at the Railway Tavern in Dereham.

A capacity crowd of 230 cheered on the Three Lions at the Railway Tavern in Dereham. - Credit: Sydney McGrath Photography

At the Royal Standard drinkers were allowed in two hours early to kick off the day with a full carvery providing sustenance for the match ahead.

Drinkers at the Royal Standard in Dereham roared on England with a full carvery to keep them going.

Drinkers at the Royal Standard in Dereham roared on England with a full carvery to keep them going. - Credit: Royal Standard

Manager Michelle Holbrook said: "Everyone was in good voice and singing away, it was a really good atmosphere.

"People are used to the restrictions now, as soon as they scored hands were in the air but bums were on their seats.


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"It was a great atmosphere. Now we're just looking forward to Friday."

Drinkers at the Royal Standard in Dereham roared on England with a full carvery to keep them going.

Drinkers at the Royal Standard in Dereham roared on England with a full carvery to keep them going. - Credit: Royal Standard

Drinkers at the Royal Standard in Dereham roared on England with a full carvery to keep them going.

Drinkers at the Royal Standard in Dereham roared on England with a full carvery to keep them going. - Credit: Royal Standard

A capacity crowd of 230 cheered on the Three Lions at the Railway Tavern in Dereham.

A capacity crowd of 230 cheered on the Three Lions at the Railway Tavern in Dereham. - Credit: Sydney McGrath Photography

A capacity crowd of 230 cheered on the Three Lions at the Railway Tavern in Dereham.

A capacity crowd of 230 cheered on the Three Lions at the Railway Tavern in Dereham. - Credit: Sydney McGrath Photography

Railway Tavern landlord Paul Sandford celebrates England's 1-0 win over Croatia.

Railway Tavern landlord Paul Sandford celebrates England's 1-0 win over Croatia. - Credit: Sydney McGrath Photography


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