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Delia leads the singing as Holt and Huckerby join fans in march to Carrow Road for Norwich v Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 16:57 10 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:57 10 February 2019

Fans March from the Queen of Iceni on Riverside to Carrow Road ahead of the Norwich v Ipswich derby match
Grant Holt mingles with fans

Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019

Fans March from the Queen of Iceni on Riverside to Carrow Road ahead of the Norwich v Ipswich derby match Grant Holt mingles with fans Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

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Norwich City fans went roaring into Carrow Road ahead of the East Anglian derby.

Supporters met outside The Queen of Iceni bar, Riverside, before setting off at about 11.15am.

The march was a sea of yellow and green as they held up banners, sung and cheered on the Canaries.

City legends Grant Holt and Darren Huckerby were amongst the supporters at the front of the march. And when they arrived at Carrow Road, joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones were waiting and joined in with a song.

Neil Thomson, 37, was leading the march with a drum. He said: “This is the fourth time that we have tried to do this and unfortunately the weather is not as nice as the last but we have been trying to do it for a long time, taking about four years to get where we are now.

Norwich City fans taking part in the march. Picture: Sonya DuncanNorwich City fans taking part in the march. Picture: Sonya Duncan

“We felt doing these marches bringing all the fans together before the game will build up the atmosphere as people walk down from the pubs.

“With any derby I am always a little worried but we will be too much for them.”

Euan Bell, 20, thinks the game is going to be an easy win.

He said: “Just because it’s raining nothing has changed, that doesn’t matter, we will still support City.

Neil Thomson who was at the front of the march. Picture: Marc BettsNeil Thomson who was at the front of the march. Picture: Marc Betts

“It’ll be the last derby for a while as we’re going up and they’re going down.

“If we play like we did against Leeds it will be a cricket score, we’re looking at at least six or seven.”

City have since been to the Premier League and back and are currently one point off the top of the Championship with a game-in-hand.

Ipswich are bottom with just 18 losses and as many points in 30 games.

Euan Bell, right, ahead of the East Anglian derby. Picture: Marc BettsEuan Bell, right, ahead of the East Anglian derby. Picture: Marc Betts

John Gilbert has been supporting the Yellows since he was eight. The 80-year-old said: “I think it’s going to be 5-1.

“If we can play like we did against Leeds, read the ball as it comes in and get in front of it and move around.

“Hopefully we win and go two points ahead.”

John Gilbert, left, with Macaulay Robinson before the match. Picture: Marc BettsJohn Gilbert, left, with Macaulay Robinson before the match. Picture: Marc Betts

Norwich City's joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones join in with the singing during the fans' march before the match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesNorwich City's joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones join in with the singing during the fans' march before the match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Marching Norwich City fans arrive at Carrow Road Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesMarching Norwich City fans arrive at Carrow Road Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The fans' march reaches Carrow Road Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesThe fans' march reaches Carrow Road Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The fans march before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesThe fans march before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The fans march before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesThe fans march before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The Norwich City fans march on Carrow Road ahead of kick-off with Ipswich Town. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesThe Norwich City fans march on Carrow Road ahead of kick-off with Ipswich Town. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The fans march before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesThe fans march before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The fans march before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesThe fans march before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich legend Grant Holt joined in with the fans march before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesNorwich legend Grant Holt joined in with the fans march before the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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