World Cup fever in Norwich - pictures

Sarah BrealeyIt ended in a disappointing draw but there was no shortage of World Cup spirit in Norwich last night.Pubs and bars showing the match were packed to the rafters, with many dressed in England kit for the occasion - some complete with flags, hats or face-paint.Sarah Brealey

It ended in a disappointing draw but there was no shortage of World Cup spirit in Norwich last night.

Pubs and bars showing the match were packed to the rafters, with many dressed in England kit for the occasion - some complete with flags, hats or face-paint.

At the Woolpack in Norwich city centre, Dawn Wood, 28, a post office worker who lives in Magdalen Street, said: 'I think England will go all the way - I am hopeful anyway. I have been looking forward to it very much.'

Charles Finbury, 24, from Dereham Road, who works for a publishing company, said: 'England are going to go all the way - they are going to win the World Cup.'


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At the Murderers' on Timberhill, Helen Reeve, 40, from Costessey, a physiotherapy assistant at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said:

'There are quite a few of us girls out watching it. Especially with it being the World Cup, it brings the girls out. It is a lovely atmosphere. It brings people together.'

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Her colleague Catherine Leggate, 28, from Hethersett, said: 'We are here to support our country. You can't tell what will happen, but I think England have got a good chance.'

Scott Ferrari, who works at Bird's Eye in Lowestoft, was out celebrating his 40th birthday with a group of friends, all wearing red and white shirts specially created for the occasion. His friend Johnny Giles, 40, predicted England would last to the semi-finals, despite the goal-keeping error by former Canary keeper Robert Green.

Andy Clarke, 38, an accounts worker from Costessey, said he had been looking forward to the match ever since the draw.

And many are already gearing up for England's next match against Algeria on Friday.

t Don't miss Monday's Evening News for more pictures of how Norwich watched the World Cup.

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