A POLISH couple living and working in Hartlepool say they are proud to be supporting their homeland in the Euro 2012 contest despite being 1,200 miles away.
Magdalela and Piotr Kubrak, who own the Polish Food Store, in Murray Street, Hartlepool, are delighted that Poland is hosting the European Championships – but admit they’re cheering for England as well.
The couple, who have three children and another baby on the way, have stocked up their store with Euro 2012 memorabilia including caps, car window hangers, flags, scarves, drinking glasses, paper handkerchiefs and even sweets.
And they have been inundated with interest from their customers with all the flags and scarves selling out within a few days.
Piotr, 32, who has lived in Hartlepool with his wife for six years after leaving Poland, said: “It’s a very exciting time for Polish people to see Poland hosting the European Championships.
“Everybody is talking about it, we are very proud. I think it is a very good thing for Poland because other people will be able to see what a nice place Poland is.
“Many people don’t know about Poland but hopefully this will help bring it to the attention of people.”
He added: “I wish for Poland, and England, to do the best they can in the competition. I have two teams, I watch the Polish matches and the English matches as well.
“My wife watches both teams as well, she has started to like it. I have a lot of English friends and we talk many times about the matches.
“A lot of people have been buying the Euro 2012 stock we have in.”
Magdalela, 32, who opened the store with her husband a year ago selling Polish food, toiletries, alcohol and now deli meats, added: “We are very proud of Poland hosting the competition and hope that Poland and England do very well. Everybody is really excited.”