England may have been knocked out of the World Cup but a group of die-hard fans from Morecambe are still going strong in Brazil.
Supporters from our town have been enjoying every minute of the festival of football and carnival atmosphere in South America while proudly flying our country’s flag.
Security firm bosses, father and son Alan Lingwood Snr and Alan Lingwood Jnr, even became international TV stars for a few seconds when they were shown on screen in the crowd before England’s 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.
Also in the party are Ben Yates, Peter Broadhurst, John Halewood-Dodd, Ian Davies, David Murray, Bob Murray, Michael Stainton, and ex-pats Debbie Smith and Peter Zorab who live in Brazil.
“I’m flying back Thursday but others are here for the full tournament,” said Ben.
“We only went to the Uruguay game, and watched the others in the FIFA fanzones as the distances here are incredible.
“It’s like going from London to Turkey between each game, three to four hours on a plane. They should’ve based England in one city to make it easier for fans to see all three games.
“Fanzones are brilliant though, all nationalities together in team colours but no hint of trouble. Everyone just takes photos of each other and the Brazilians cheer for every team regardless who scores.
“We also squeezed in a trip to Interlagos Formula 1 circuit in Sao Paulo and we are going to see the Christ the Redeemer statue.”
Solicitor John Halewood-Dodd said they had been welcomed like “visiting dignitaries” and that they were having “an unbelievable time”.