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Friday, 21 June, 2002, 09:10 GMT 10:10 UK
Nervous England ground to a halt
Druids at Stonehenge
Druid Steve Wilson gets worshippers in the mood
The carnival atmosphere for England's biggest game in years was probably at its loudest in Millennium Square in Leeds.

Up to 7,000 people clambered out of bed early early to cheer England by watching the game on a 31-metre screen.

In London, frenzied fans gathered around Trafalgar Square to watch a giant 32ft screening of the crucial match.

About 250 drinkers raised their glasses at the White Hart in Bristol, which was the first pub in England overturn the national early drinking ban.

Fans at the Sports Bar, Birmingham
A tense time for fans in Birmingham's Sports Bar
In Nottingham, England's tennis stars lent their support to their footballing colleagues watching the match on a big screen at the Nottingham Open.

In the city centre of Stoke-on-Trent, extra police were put on standby to prevent a repeat of the violence following the England-Denmark game, when 120 riot police were called out.

But one pub in Cambridgeshire was flying the flag for the other side - Craig Lemmon, chef at the Dog in a Doublet in Thorney, is a lifelong fan of Brazil.

Match prayers

In London, crowds were warned to not bring alcohol and to be careful when clambering over the monument and fountains in their excitement.

And children at Great Ormond Street Hospital watched the game after sending a good luck greeting to the team.

More than 400 students at Oxford's Brookes University went to the campus sports hall to watch the match and nearby Cherwell School put up 500 cheering fans all lapping up the excitement of the encounter.

The Football Association in Lancaster Gate
FA headquarters in London

In Hastings, the town's ambulance crew prayed for a quiet morning and no drunken incidents as they gathered around their television to cheer on their team.

In Manchester staff at the Co-op's headquarters got their teeth in to the Far East flavour as they settled down to watch the game, having been given time off for match.

While some staff stuck with bacon butties that had been laid on, the more adventurous tried a bit of sushi with their singing.

Elements of doubt about whether England could actually beat the Brazilians crept into the minds of drinkers in Saddleworth.

Tools downed

At The Wagon pub in the moorland village, a brass band cranked up the early drinkers by playing the theme from the Great Escape.

Back in Manchester, the central Pure Space cafe provided a number of resident Brazilians to spice up the atmosphere - gathering for a full early morning sambi party.

Like many school pupils around the country, those at Wickersley Comprehensive in Rotherham were eager to get in early.

A big screen was set up in the sports hall at the school, and lessons will started when the final whistle was blown.

Birmingham ring road
Rush hour in central Birmingham

It was a similar story for workers around the North, with the likes of Nissan in Sunderland allowing the crews to down tools for the duration of the match and watch it in the canteens.

Those who wanted to make a fast getaway in Newcastle after the game gathering in the central train station, where a big screen was erected.

People in the Plymouth had to wait for their post because postal workers were allowed to delay deliveries until after the match.

Meanwhile, at Stonehenge, Druids conducted a summer solstice ceremony which paid no attention whatsoever to football.

In a major break from thousands of years of tradition, however, the followers of the ancient religion took a portable television with them.

See also:

21 Jun 02 | England v Brazil
17 Jun 02 | England v Brazil
10 Feb 02 | England
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