Word on the Street: England awaits the big kick-off, but many in West Norfolk set to turn off World Cup

Lynn News Web Site Fillers
Lynn News Web Site Fillers
Have your say

With England kicking off their World Cup campaign tomorrow and the tournament already under way, this week’s Word On The Street wanted to know whether Lynn would be glued to its screens for the next month, or doing all it could to avoid the action in Brazil.

And it proved to be something of a game of two halves with some planning to watch even if they don’t have high hopes of Roy Hodgson’s side, while others plan to turn to books and DVDs to escape the action.

Paul Archer, from West Lynn, will be watching and thinks England should reach the quarter-finals, though he fears they may struggle because of a lack of experience and negative tactics.

He said: “I would like Belgium to win and I don’t want Argentina to win. Realistically, I think Brazil should win but its too close to call.”

But Anne Empringham, who was visiting Lynn from North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, has no such concerns, as she is going to be avoiding the World Cup.

She says she won’t turn the TV on just to avoid it and she’ll get a good book to read instead, even though she doesn’t usually read!

Peter Knapton, from Lynn, says he’s “not interested” in the football, and will instead spend the time watching his favourite TV dramas.

He said: “I’ll put the DVD player on, I’ve got New Tricks and Doc Martin on DVD.” With many of the games being played late at night, (England v Italy kicks off at 11pm), he says he’ll just go to bed anyway.

Seth Charlesworth, from Stoke Ferry, said he’ll be “avoiding it like the plague”, adding: “I’m more of a rugby fan.”

His job involves organising weekend events and shows involving climbing and dancing and hopes that the world cup won’t affect his business too much. He said: “A lot of people don’t come out to watch us when the world cup is on instead.”

And Linsey Scoles, of Lynn, said: “I will support England but they never win anything anyway. I usually ignore it when it’s on TV and end up telling the neighbours to be quiet if they’re cheering too loud.”