Computer shop goes Dutch to mark king’s coronation

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THIS Dutchman was showing his true colours when he celebrated the coronation of his homeland’s new king.

Fred Schepers, 50, may have been around 300 miles away from his native Holland.

But that did not stop him being patriotic and donning orange colours to mark the crowning of King Willem-Alexander, Holland’s first king in more than a century.

Fred was at his shop, Fred’s Computer Hardware and Game Shop, in Third Street, Horden, where he had watched a live Youtube stream of coverage of the coronation, which was attended by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on April 30.

Fred has lived in Horden for seven years, after he met local girl Mandy Burey, 50, in Holland, where she lived for 31 years.

After Mandy, who works for Respondez, in Hartlepool, and is mum to Jolanda, 29, and Aike, 25, from a previous relationship, decided to head back to Horden to be near her family. Fred decided to follow his partner of 13 years.

Fred, who is dad to 18-year-old Adinda, who lives in Holland, said: “It was a big day for our country. I consider myself a royalist, not a hard-core royalist, but on days like this I’m proud to be Dutch.”

King Willem-Alexander takes over the Royal reigns from his mother, Queen Beatrix who announced earlier this year she would abdicate after reigning for 33 years.

Fred, who lives in Stapylton Drive, Horden, and has donned his orange ‘uniform’ and clogs previously for World Cup games, said: “It’s time for her to retire, it’s about time the younger generation stepped in, times are changing.

“The new king has been in the public eye for decades and is a member of the Olympic committee and works for NATO.”

Fred, who also decked out his shop in orange, said he and Mandy would be finishing off the day with a drink together.