A FOOTBALL-mad landlord is flying the flag for England at the World Cup Finals – and putting his pub on the sporting map.
It’s hard for motorists and passers-by to miss Jarrow’s Robin Hood pub on Primrose Hill at the moment.
Thirty-two flags – each representing one of the nations taking part in the tournament in Brazil next month – currently cover its roof.
The same number of flags have been placed on flagpoles outside – creating a blaze of colours.
Pub licensee Norman Scott has also established an outdoor sporting arena on land at the back of the property, where matches will be screened on 50-inch plasma screens.
He’s hoping his efforts will ensure the watering hole is the place to watch the World Cup this summer.
Mr Scott, who was formerly in charge at The Clock, in Hebburn, said: “I’m not even finished yet. I’ve got lots of World Cup bunting to put up.
“I wanted to do something special because the World Cup is the biggest competition in the world. It catches everyone’s imagination.
“The idea is that we’ll roll up the flags of each nation when they are knocked out of the competition.
“We’ve seen cars parking up and pensioners getting out on the hill to take photographs of the pub. It really is quite a spectacle.
“My only concern is that a driver on the motorway takes their eyes off the road when they see the flags and crash.”
As for England’s chances, Mr Scott is defiantly upbeat.
He said: “I think they will draw against Italy and beat Uruguay and Costa Rica, which will see them with seven points out of nine and get them through the group stage.”
Meanwhile, England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks is to make a special appearance at the pub tomorrow night, from 7pm.
Tickets for the event are available from the pub now.