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Thursday, 7 June, 2001, 15:10 GMT 16:10 UK
Polling day in pictures


While most voters will be exercising their democratic right in schools, church halls and community centres, some people are being offered rather unorthodox polling stations.

A caravan, a supermarket, a chip shop and a living room are among the more unusual sights on polling day.

Amir Amrabadi outside Mr Crispins, his fish and chip shop which is being used as a polling station
Would you like a vote with your chips? Politics is on the menu in Wells Road, Bristol

Polling station at Tesco supermarket in Pengam Green in the Cardiff South and Penarth Constituency
Supermarket sweep: Voters in Pengam Green, Cardiff were able to cast ballots and buy groceries

Polling booth in the front room of a cottage in Bedwellty near Tredegar, Wales
Home comforts: A polling booth dominates the front room of a cottage in Bedwellty near Tredegar, Wales

Polling station in caravan at Itchen Stoke, near Winchester
White caravan man: Voters in Itchen Stoke, near Winchester benefited from a very temporary polling station

Voter in Peebles in the Scottish Borders
Early bird: One voter sets off early in Peebles in the Scottish Borders to put out signs and cast his vote

Inflatables of William Hague, Tony Blair and Charles Kennedy on a barge on the Thames
Inflatable egos: Blow-up party leaders took pride of place on a barge on the Thames

Nuns from Tyburn Convent vote at a polling station in Marble Arch, central London
Nuns from Tyburn Convent vote at a polling station in Marble Arch, central London

Voter Nigel Whiting enjoys a pint after voting at the Tichborne Arms, in Tichbourne, near Winchester
Voters could enjoy a post-ballot pint at the Tichborne Arms, in Tichbourne, near Winchester

Voters leave a polling station at the Britannia pub in central London
Thirsty voters could also head for the Britannia pub in central London

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