South Holland fans share England's Euro 2020 final heartbreak together
Football fans shared an all-too-familiar sense of heartbreak after England’s defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.
Supporters gathered together across south Lincolnshire to cheer on Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions as the team aimed to win the first trophy for the England men’s team since the 1966 World Cup.
The early hope provided by Luke Shaw’s second-minute goal evaporated over the course of the night - and Italy emerged victorious from a penalty shootout.
The evening had marked a big opportunity for pubs and venues who had been starved of trade during 16 months marred by the Covid pandemic and the resulting restrictions.
Mulberry’s Bar in Spalding was one venue that welcomed in fans - with people arriving from 5pm for table service.
Publican Jamie Jenkins said: “It was amazing really - it was such a happy atmosphere.
“With Covid restrictions it can be difficult to serve everyone and to keep everyone safe but everyone did really well - the staff were great and the fans were too.
“We had really good feedback throughout the game. People enjoyed themselves - it was just a case of heartbreak at the end.”
He added: “We want to say thank you to our customers and regulars for adhering to the Covid laws, being patient and creating a great, great night for us.”
Supporters also shared the night’s highs and lows at the Jolly Farmer pub in Moulton Chapel.
Joey Hammond, who runs the pub with his wife Gemma, said: “It was a great turnout and a great night...well, barring the ending.
“It was nice for everyone to come together with a common ground.”