We’re all up for the World Cup!

World Cup at Duke of Wellington, Commercial St, Halifax. Phil  Pearcy, Kate Reason and Andy Coates.

World Cup at Duke of Wellington, Commercial St, Halifax. Phil Pearcy, Kate Reason and Andy Coates.

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Pubs in Calderdale are proving they’re up for the World Cup as the tournament prepares to get under-way in Brazil.

Football fans will be spoilt for choice where to watch England’s games, with pubs across Calderdale set to be packed with supporters cheering on Roy Hodgson’s side.

Pubs will be able to stay open beyond normal hours this summer after the national extension of licensing hours to show England matches.

Kate Reason, from the Duke of Wellington pub, Commercial Street, Halifax, said: “We’re showing all the England games and we’re expecting to be really busy here.”

Michelle Hadala, manager at the Barge, Sowerby Bridge, said: “We’re doing a sweepstake here but we have sport on all the time so we’ll be showing all the matches.”

Kev Spalding, bar manager at the Volunteer Arms, Copley, said: “We’re showing all the England games on our big screen with free half-time food such as chilli, curry and pie and peas.”

Jeremy Adshead, owner of the Sportsman’s Inn, said: “We’ll probably out some food on for people, maybe some half-time oranges!”

Phil Clarke, general manager of the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, said: “On the day of the first England match we’re doing a giant event with the Real Cider Company in Hebden Bridge with guest beers from different countries.”

Bob Thompson, manager of the Horse & Jockey Inn, Highroad Well, said: “We’ve got a marquee where we’ll be showing the games on a big screen so we’ve got a great venue.”

Inspector Colin Skeath of Halifax Police, said: “We will be working closely with partners to promote the safe enjoyment of games.

“Officers will be visiting the licensed premises and the larger venues beforehand and also running our Operation Holdwatch which will see us focus resources around well known hotspots and intervene early if there are flash points.”