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World Cup fever spreads as patriotic roundabout pops up near Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 11:31 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:09 26 June 2018

The England roundabout has appeared on Gorleston Road in Oulton Broad. Picture: Amy Smith

The England roundabout has appeared on Gorleston Road in Oulton Broad. Picture: Amy Smith

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A mysterious World Cup craze has spread from Norfolk to Suffolk with the appearance of a patriotic roundabout near Lowestoft.

The England roundabout has appeared on Gorleston Road in Oulton Broad. Picture: Amy SmithThe England roundabout has appeared on Gorleston Road in Oulton Broad. Picture: Amy Smith

The craze kicked off in the build up to England’s opening game against Tunisia when a roundabout in Brasenose Avenue in Gorleston was emblazoned with the St George’s flag.

And now a patriotic painting has also appeared on one of two mini roundabouts in Gorleston Road, Oulton Broad, at the junction with Gresham Avenue.

It is thought to be the first roundabout locally to be given a football makeover, with further roundabouts in Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, Bradwell and Belton also being painted in support of Harry Kane and the Three Lions team.

The England roundabout has appeared on Gorleston Road in Oulton Broad. Picture: Amy SmithThe England roundabout has appeared on Gorleston Road in Oulton Broad. Picture: Amy Smith

Karen High, who owns and runs The Ole Frank Pub near the roundabout with her husband Glen and son Ritchi, said: “I think it is really great that people are getting into the spirit of it.

“It’s quite unusual and I haven’t seen anything else like it around here.

“I have no idea who did it. I live opposite the roundabout and I haven’t seen anyone out there with a pot of paint!”

Mrs High and her family have also decorated the outside of their pub with England bunting, and said they have been extremely busy for the World Cup matches.

What do you think of the idea? Or have you spotted another roundabout in the Lowestoft area? Send your thoughts and photos to amy.smith@archant.co.uk

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