A publican has put a football grandstand in his pub garden for the World Cup to draw in the punters.

Paul Wells-Sandford of The Railway Tavern, Dereham, Norfolk has previously put a large stand in the garden for the World Cup four years ago, which he says was very popular.

Now he has installed a 150 seater stand to sit on and view four giant screens opposite, and re-named his pub 'The English Tavern' for the duration of the World Cup in Russia

Paul has also installed 17 TV screens to show the footy, and an additional outdoor bar, with space for around 500 people on the pub site.

 

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The investment has cost Paul almost £5,000 and he is hoping for a good run by England in the tournament, which has been shored up by the team's victory over Tunisia on Monday night.

Paul told the Press Association the reaction to the grandstand had been "unbelievable", and passing motorists have been sounding their horns at the structure which is bedecked with St George's Flags.

 

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Should England get into the knockout stages of the tournament, Paul said the grandstand would be extended even further into the adjacent grounds of a garden tools business.

Paul also built the grandstand to encourage donations to two charities that the pub supports, and will be encouraging fans to give cash to child bereavement charity Nelson's Journey and to Scotty's Little Soldiers, which helps children who have lost parents in the Armed Forces.

He said: "It's staying up at least until we're in the World Cup final!"