Horden Labour Club stops traffic with mammoth display of 32 World Cup flags

Mary Pratt outside of a Flag covered Horden Labour Club
Mary Pratt outside of a Flag covered Horden Labour Club

A SOCIAL club is flying the flag for the biggest football tournament in the world.

Horden Labour Club, in Sunderland Road, in Horden, has been stopping traffic with this mammoth display of all 32 flags of the countries involved in the World Cup.

Gareth Lincoln, partner of club manager Mary Pratt, managed to get hold of the flags, which each measure roughly about 3ft by 4ft, and they were sewn together by David Rouse and his staff, of local firm Rouse Upholstery.

It took four hours to piece the eye-catching display together and about an hour to drape across the front of the club.

Mary said: “We have been getting lots of interest, absolutely loads.

“Schoolkids have been pulling up on the bus and teachers have been taking pictures.

“We have had people in cars pulling up and taking pictures, even people on top of the bus stop standing with their arms out getting their photograph taken.”

Mary said the club was “chock-a-block” for the England game against Italy, adding: “It’s just a shame the room wasn’t big enough.

“We weren’t as busy for the Uruguay match, but there were still a few here.

“People wanted to see the young players like Barkley given a chance.”