Dozens turn out for Brexit Day bash marking 'historic and monumental' event
PUBLISHED: 19:59 31 January 2020 | UPDATED: 09:14 01 February 2020
People took to a mid Norfolk pub wearing red, white and blue to celebrate the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union.
The Railway Tavern, in Dereham, hosted a Brexit Day party to commemorate the historic occasion, which saw the UK leave the EU, 1,316 days after the country voted to do so.
At Friday evening's get-together, which had interest from 140 people on Facebook, people were offered a British and European buffet including British Yorkshire pudding, waffles from Belgium, cheese from France and tortilla from Spain. Live music including rock duo Cockney Jock and Johnny Flinton, began at 8pm ahead of the big celebrations at 11pm.
Tavern landlord, Paul Sandford, said: "At 11pm we will have Big Ben chiming and will have British music such as Rule Britannia.
"The response has been Brilliant tonight, we have been really busy and people are having a laugh, which is what we wanted.
"This is a historic and monumental event and we felt it was important to have an event for it, whether people are celebrating or shedding a tear, there's a place for everyone at the Tavern tonight."
As well as members of the public dressing in red white and blue, there were even a couple of canines dressed up and enjoying the event.
One party-goer, Janet Rix, 62, who travelled from Westcliffe-on-Sea just for the event, said: "We heard about the event on Facebook and thought it would be a laugh to come and have a party.
"My family live in Europe and I do a lot of work around the continent, I love Europe."
Another visiter to the area, Jamie Mathlin, 51, from Stowmarket said: "I work in Europe, I came back from Germany a couple of days ago. I don't have a problem with Europe, it's the union that I'm not keen on.
"I don't like the way everybody has gone completely against each other on the topic of Brexit, I hope that we can all come together now."
The Taven was decorated from head to toe in all things British including a large Union Flag on the front of the pub, Boris Johnson masks and Winston Churchill posters.
Mr Sandford said: "When I was putting up the flag this morning everybody was beeping their horn in support. I'm very patriotic."