Hebburn pub flying the flag for England’s bid for Euro glory

The Clocks Andrea Howe is 'beering' up for Euro glory this summer.
The Clocks Andrea Howe is 'beering' up for Euro glory this summer.
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The European union is showing no signs of flagging at a South Tyneside pub serving up a summer of football fun.

The Clock pub, in Hebburn, has got geared up for the European Championships by flying the flag for all 24 nations vying for glory in the sporting extravaganza.

The Clocks Andrea Howe Euro championship flag's

The Clocks Andrea Howe Euro championship flag's

The Victoria Road East pub will be decked out in international colours for the duration of the tournament, with flags taken down as nations bow out of the event.

But bar bosses will be hoping the proud St George’s flag of England will remain pride of place until the showpiece final.

Andrea Howe was turned The Clock back to a can’t-miss venue for sporting action since stepping behind the bar nearly two years ago.

Time was called on the pub back in 2013 but it swung open its doors again in September 2014.

Hopefully the England flag can stay up until the end

Andrea Howe

Former landlord Norman Scott kicked off the tradition of covering the pub in flags for international tournaments - and Andrea is delighted to take hold of the baton.

Miss Howe has already decorated the club in the colours of countries taking part in last year’s World Cup - with football now finally coming home.

The continental connection has proved a huge hit with customers.

Miss Howe, 49, said: “The flags were put up by Premier Scaffolding about a fortnight ago.

“All the staff have had an input and we have flags on the ceiling in the pub and beer mats made out of astroturf.

“All of the customers really love it.

“We will be absolutely packed for all of the England games.

“Hopefully the England flag can stay up until the end - sadly it is usually the first one to come down.

“People are football-crazy at the pub for Sunderland and Newcastle games and it will be the same for the European Championships.

“People have been stopping as they pass by to take pictures of the pub.

The championships kicks off in France tonight with England launching their bid to end 50 years of hurt - and claim a first trophy since World Cup success in 1966 - against rivals Russia tomorrow evening.

The Three Lions will then tackle neighbours Wales and Slovakia in their remaining group stage matches as they set out to secure a place in the last 16 of the competition.