Hundreds of Portuguese fans attend street party in Thetford after Euro win

Portuguese football fans celebrate in Thetford after their national team beat France in the Euro 201

Portuguese football fans celebrate in Thetford after their national team beat France in the Euro 2016 final. Pictures by Joao Noronha. - Credit: Archant

The Portuguese community in south Norfolk were in high spirits on Sunday night as their football team scored their first major trophy in the Euro 2016 final.

Portuguese football fans celebrate in Thetford after their national team beat France in the Euro 201

Portuguese football fans celebrate in Thetford after their national team beat France in the Euro 2016 final. Pictures by Joao Noronha. - Credit: Archant

Around 300 Portuguese fans gathered in the Market Place in Thetford after the team won the much-anticipated match against host nation France.

Joao Noronha, editor of the Portuguese National Newspaper, based in the Charles Burrell Centre, said he watched the match at home before going to join the festivities with his wife Susana.

'Most of the Portuguese community got together – they were singing, talking, making a lot of noise. The atmosphere was one of rejoicing and of happiness.

'People were out in the streets of London, Birmingham, Manchester, and even in King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Thetford,' he said.


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Portugal won 1-0, despite star player Cristiano Ronaldo being taken off early with a injury.

Mr Noronha added: 'I think most of us were expecting it anyway, but this is the way we play. There are a lot of youngsters on the team who play very well.

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'We have been after a result like that for quite a few generations.'

Mr Noronha said police closed the roads into the Market Place to allow the street party to carry on.

Just after 11pm Breckland Police Tweeted to say officers were called to a disturbance in Castle Street, but found it was 'mostly good natured' football fans who dispersed without trouble.

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