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Today’s the day - football fans prepare for England clash as bumper weekend begins

PUBLISHED: 08:37 07 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:57 26 March 2020

England v Colombia World Cup match. People watching the game in Bar & Beyond.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

England v Colombia World Cup match. People watching the game in Bar & Beyond. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

Whether they’ll be in the pub, at home on the sofa or listening on the radio, for millions of England fans today will be a memorable day.

England v Colombia World Cup match. People watching the game at Open.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYEngland v Colombia World Cup match. People watching the game at Open. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The team take on Sweden at 3pm today, in a World Cup quarter finals clash.

Pubs around the county are likely to be packed, as police prepare for a busy weekend and temperatures creep up to forecast highs of 26C.

Among them will be the Railway Tavern in Dereham, which has hit headlines in the last few weeks for its hugely popular £5,000 World Cup grandstand, which has been full to the brim in previous matches.

The Eagle pub in Norwich has said it will screen the game before the Lord Mayor’s Procession - despite usually hailing itself as a “strictly non-football pub”.

England v Colombia World Cup match. People watching the game in Bar & Beyond.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYEngland v Colombia World Cup match. People watching the game in Bar & Beyond. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

And fans in King’s Lynn can watch the match at the Adrian Flux Arena ahead of a national banger racing event, on a screen which is said to be the biggest in Norfolk.

For a handful of couples around Norfolk, the England game will come on something of a special day.

Several have been in touch to say their wedding falls on match day, including Hayley Cullum and James Adams, who have decided not to fight the inevitable and screen the game on their own big day.

England v Colombia World Cup match. People watching the game in Bar & Beyond.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYEngland v Colombia World Cup match. People watching the game in Bar & Beyond. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Meanwhile, our emergency services teams will be preparing for a bumper weekend around the county, with a mix of high temperatures, the Lord Mayor’s Procession in Norwich, the King’s Lynn Festival Too and the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival.

Police have urged people to stay safe, be mindful of the heat and avoid any anti-social behaviour.

England v Colombia World Cup match. Celebrations on Prince of Wales Road.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYEngland v Colombia World Cup match. Celebrations on Prince of Wales Road. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard said: “This is an exciting weekend for Norfolk, not only because England are in the quarter finals of the World Cup but also because we have a number of events being held across the county.

“If you are heading out to enjoy the sunshine elsewhere please ensure you secure your vehicle and remove all valuables from display and from the vehicle where possible. At this time of year opportunistic thieves will be on the look-out for homes and cars with open windows and unlocked doors.

“For those who will be watching the football on Saturday we know an increased amount of alcohol and intensified emotions can sometimes lead to an increase in public order offences. We encourage everyone to enjoy the World Cup, but want to remind people to be considerate and tolerant of others.”

He said the county had specific policing pans in place, with an increased police presence, particularly in Norwich, during the match.

Football fans were praised after England’s last match against Columbia, when no arrests were made.



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Those in Norwich may be affected by road closures for the Lord Mayor’s Procession - to find out more click here.

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