World Cup Semi-Final Fever in Henley

World Cup fever is hitting Henley on Wednesday when England meet Croatia in the semi-final.

Laurence Morris from Laurence Menswear would like all the shopkeepers in town to get behind the team by displaying this poster (click here to download and print) in their windows.

Nicola Taylor from Lawlor’s Bakery is getting behind the team with her large ‘It’s comin’ home’ sign she made out of an old football goal in her garden.  A loyal Crystal Palace supporter, she’s lovin’ that ex Palace boy, Gareth Southgate is now a national treasure.  The St George’s flag was hoisted up on the Town Hall flag pole yesterday after Councillor Will Hamilton asked Henley Mayor via Twitter.

For those who have tickets to Henley Festival on Wednesday – they’ll be showing the match on a series of screens in the boat tents at the far end of the site (and don’t worry, there will be 2 bars there as well!)  Please use the main festival entrance as usual and you’ll be directed to the boat tents by our stewards. The full Festival programme will continue as advertised, however we will be managing performance times on the night according to how the football progresses.

Henley Rugby Club and Henley Football Club will be showing the match on their big screens in their clubhouses.  Doors and bar opens from 6pm.

Regal Picturehouse will be showing it on their biggest screen.  Free tickets available from box office only.  Cash bar inside so you don’t miss a kick.  Snacks available.

Henley pubs including the Saracen’s Head who have a big screen in the garden, Angel on the Bridge, The Argyll and Three Horseshoes will all be be showing the game too.

Thames Valley Police have issued the following statement:

There will be an increased police presence in towns and cities across the force to ensure that everyone remains safe to enjoy the football match.

Chief Inspector Colleen Lavery, based at the Joint Operations Unit, said: “We are working to ensure that our local communities remain safe to watch the game. “Although the vast majority of supporters will enjoy the game responsibly, it only takes a few individuals to spoil the atmosphere for everyone else. There have been a number of incidents in the Thames Valley over the last few weeks ranging from an ambulance being damaged through to public disorder. This is a peak period of demand for the emergency services. Please do not take critical emergency resources away from those who really need it by behaving recklessly. We would like to remind everybody to drink responsibly and that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Dispersal Notices will be issued against offenders where appropriate, which could result in them missing the game. To report any incidents of anti-social behaviour, please call Thames Valley Police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please only call 999 in an emergency, where there is an immediate threat to life.”

Our officers and staff at Thames Valley Police, join with our residents, to wish the England football team every success in the semi-final.

How will you be watching and celebrating?  Send us your photos to news@henleyherald.com