Jubilant scenes in Great Yarmouth pub as England reach World Cup semi-finals
PUBLISHED: 18:14 07 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:22 07 July 2018
It promises to be a great night in Great Yarmouth after England booked themselves a place in the World Cup semi-finals with victory over Sweden.
The Kings Arms in Northgate Street was full to bursting at kick off, with fans overflowing into the beer garden, where there was a large projector.
Unlike prior to the Colombia game, the atmosphere was buoyant from the off. Indeed, the most common prediction was a 2-0 victory for England - and so it proved to be.
Vera Waynes, 75, was watching the game with her son Ian, 49, and her granddaughter Poppy, 15.
She said she could remember England’s World Cup triumph of 1966 and said she could see similarities with today’s victorious team.
“Southgate has done the right thing, he has done a marvellous job. He’s got something about him.
“They seem to be a terrific bunch of young lads and they have made the whole country happy. I think it certainly is coming home.”
It has been a busy day in the town, with the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival opening day also taking place on the seafront, but Superintendent Roger Wiltshere was pleased to report that the celebrations had gone smoothly.
He said: “I’m pleased to say that has actually been a good day. We haven’t had any major reports of football related disorder. Obviously we have had thousands of motorbike enthusiasts but it all seems to have gone well.
“We have got extra people on for this evening and then we have our normal public order people come on at about 9pm, so we have got a few extra.”