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Queues line-up outside Norfolk pub to get tickets for England’s world cup semi-finals

The queue for England semi-final tickets at The Railway Tavern in Dereham. Picture: MICHAEL LYONS

The queue for England semi-final tickets at The Railway Tavern in Dereham. Picture: MICHAEL LYONS

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Crowds have flocked to a Dereham pub after tickets went on sale ahead of England’s next world cup match.

Eager fans have been to The Railway Tavern today (Monday) to collect their tickets, joining a queue which wound itself around the outside of the building.

Sales of the tickets will also go towards raising funds for the family of a baby boy newly diagnosed with a genetic condition.

Paul Sandford, landlord at The Railway Tavern, posted on Facebook to say funds raised from tickets to the semi-finals clash with Croatia on Wednesday night would be donated to the family of baby boy Jack Smith.

He said Jack’s mum Lauren, part of the bar team at the pub, had recently found out her son has spinal muscular atrophy, which makes the muscles weaker and causes problems with movement.
Mr Sandford said the diagnosis shortened Jack’s life expectancy and that “life is so, so cruel sometimes”.

Any money raised from the game will be donated to the family. Tickets went on sale at 12pm today.

Call 01362 288166 for information.

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