Huge grandstand erected at Norfolk pub to watch the World Cup

Paul Sandford is the landlord of The Railway Tavern in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Paul Sandford is the landlord of The Railway Tavern in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

Football fans can watch the World Cup sitting at a huge grandstand in front of a big screen in the front garden of a Dereham pub.

A seating area has been built at the Railway Tavern in Dereham, for football fans to watch the World

A seating area has been built at the Railway Tavern in Dereham, for football fans to watch the World Cup. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

Paul Sandford, landlord at the Railway Tavern in Yaxham Road, said: 'Four years ago we had a stand, but on a smaller scale, and we needed more space. 'This time we're hoping to get 500 fans watching England games at the pub. It's been a fairly costly scheme, but it's had the desired effect with all the publicity.'

He's fairly confident that England will do better this time.

He added: 'The previous campaign, we went into it with high expectations. This time, nobody really expects anything, so the team might be able to get out and play. I cannot see any reason why we cannot get to the semi-finals, and then it's just 90 minutes. Thanks to Nap scaffolding, near Diss, for doing all the hard work.'

The Railway Tavern in Dereham has been rebranded The English Tavern just for the World Cup. Picture:

The Railway Tavern in Dereham has been rebranded The English Tavern just for the World Cup. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant


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