England will be kicking off their first match in the European Championship’s today and the people of North Staffordshire will be taking to the streets to show their support.
Residents in Tilewright Close, Kidsgrove have brought out their England banners and will be taking to the streets to have a party whilst watching the match against Croatia this afternoon.
This popular community get-together takes place during every Euro tournament and gives neighbours the chance to mingle while supporting our home nation.
Today, residents are raring for the kick-off and hoping for England to bring home the trophy.
Lee Oliver, aged 34, said: “We all get together and watch the game on a big TV and everyone joins in. It’s a good atmosphere. There’s an unbelievable vibe.
“It’s such a good neighbourhood and everyone is close-knit. We’ve recently had a couple of new neighbours in and they have jumped on board straight away. Everyone is really happy to do this and it makes a good difference.
“I hope we go all the way, but if we could get to the semi-finals again, it shows we are improving. It’s not just patriotism, it’s about us not being able to get together after nearly two years of not being able to meet.
“C’mon England, everyone get behind them and if you would like to come and see what’s going on here you are more than welcome to.”
Putting up the banners took three days of manpower, but it was worth the effort for these residents.
Sharon Battiste, aged 49, added: “It’s a community feel that we’ve all come together as neighbours and brought flags. Some of the guys have put them up. We did it at the last Euros. It’s such a good buzz and feeling of coming together.
“We all sit out and watch the games together, we become good friends. We are excited to see how they go, especially with the way that the friendly’s have gone, not so well. So fingers crossed, we bring home the trophy. Definitely to the semis hopefully.”
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Kate Perkins, aged 40, added: “My husband is really excited about the game and it’s lovely being part of something like this. It’s fantastic.
“We’ve got very good neighbours who are always there and it’s great we can do that with everyone involved. We want them to win and go all the way.”
Twenty-three-year-old Katie Eptlett said: “We’ve done it for quite a while and it’s nice to see especially with the year we’ve had. It makes everybody feel close together and supported. You always feel like you can count on your neighbours.
“It’s quite a patriotic street. We want all the home nations to do well, but we’re English and we want them to do it. We did alright going into it. We’d like another semi-final and maybe even further. It’s great and a lovely thing to see.”