How Harry Kane could have his say on two major events in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 17:05 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:17 29 June 2018
When the full-time whistle blew in England's 1-0 World Cup defeat to Belgium, many Three Lions fans rejoiced, dreaming of making plans for final day with a seemingly favourable route.
However, should Gareth Southgate’s men progress beyond Tuesday’s last 16 clash with Colombia, it could come with implications for two major council events.
If Harry Kane and co come up trumps on Tuesday, the eyes of the nation would firmly look to Saturday, July 7 - the same day as both Norwich’s Lord Mayor’s Celebrations and The Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival.
And with a 3pm kick-off, the potential quarter final would fall bang slap in the middle of the day, in what was already a huge occasion for the county.
However, the organisers of the two events - Norwich City and Great Yarmouth Borough councils - are still confident the events will prove successes, even if football fans aren’t left to stay in bed and drift away.
Helen Selleck, Norwich City Council’s culture and events manager said: “We are all very excited for next weekend’s Lord Mayor’s Celebration which has a jam-packed schedule and is the pinnacle of our year as a Circus 250 host city.
“Without wanting to tempt fate, it would only add to the fun if England are playing on the same day, and could give us even more reason to celebrate.”
A spokesman for Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “The aim of free events such as the GY Wheels Festival is to provide yet another reason for people to visit the seafront to help support the local economy.
“While it is difficult to predict what effect a possible England game might have on the football, it’s important to remember Wheels is a two-day all-day event while a football match is just 90 minutes.
“In addition, Wheels is very much part of the wider seafront offer and there are many places within walking distance of the event area where people can watch World Cup games, so it is possible that attendance would increase before the game starts.”
It’s not cricket
Along with encroaching on the two major council events, a potential England victory could have an impact on the county’s cricket leagues.
The Norfolk Cricket League has more than 40 fixtures arranged for the day, which - as it stands - are scheduled to start at 1.30pm,
However, Tim Porter, the league’s general manager, admitted that while the league expected all matches to be played, some compromise could be made.
He said: “Our schedules state the matches must start no later than 1.30pm, however, that doesn’t mean they can’t begin earlier.
“It will be up to the two teams in each fixture to reach their own agreements. If they decide to start their games earlier, as long as they agree that is absolutely fine.
“Another option is they could take a break mid-match, watch the football and carry on after. With the light evenings, that wouldn’t be a problem either.”