Pub landlords are gearing up for a boom in trade this summer as football fever hits the area.
Fans are expected to pack their locals to watch England in Euro 2016 for the next few weeks.
Steve Hudson, landlord of the Shepherd’s Crook in Fratton, The Milton Arms and The Old Barn in Portsmouth, is expecting big crowds.
‘While we do generally get busier when the weather gets better, the Euros is definitely going to bring a massive increase in trade,’ he said.
‘Everyone is going to pile in to watch England play with their flags and England shirts.
‘Whether if it will continue if England don’t do as well as hoped I don’t know, so fingers crossed they pull it out of the bag.’
One landlord in Fareham is taking advantage of the buzz and running a ‘blind’ knockout competition with his customers.
Neil Matthews, landlord of The Delme Arms, said he has had 72 people sign up.
Participants are given their team by sealed envelope and won’t know who they have selected until after the final on the July 10. Winner will receive £160 and runners-up £80.
Neil said: ‘Everyone was keen to get involved with it, and the competition will definitely increase the atmosphere in the pub.’
– SASHA MORRIS