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The French visitors continue to celebrate the World Cup win as they prepare to leave Bridlington on Tuesday morning. Picture by Paul Atkinson
The French visitors continue to celebrate the World Cup win as they prepare to leave Bridlington on Tuesday morning. Picture by Paul Atkinson

England may have bowed out in the semi-finals but there was plenty of celebrating in Bridlington when France won the World Cup final.

A group of around 40 people from the resort’s twin town Millau were staying in East Yorkshire for the week – and headed to the pub to watch the match.

Celebrating in the Ship at full time

Celebrating in the Ship at full time

See a video of the celebrations at full time here
The party had even had to change their plans for Sunday, rescheduling a visit to Dalby Forest so they could be in front of the TV at the Ship Inn at Sewerby to catch the action.

Bridlington-Millau Twinning Association chairman Chris Myers said: “It was so exciting to be hosting all the people from Millau when the World Cup final was on.”

With ‘Allez Les Bleus’ replacing ‘It’s Coming Home’ as the chant for the final, the guests watched France beat Croatia 4-2.

“It was a strange day. We had put together a programme for their week which we had been working on for six months.

“Sunday was the day they were supposed to be going to the Dalby Forest, everything had been booked.

“They were due to leave Bridlington at 10am and get back at 5pm, but as the tournament went on and France got to the final, it became obvious that wasn’t going to be possible.

“The bus company were great and allowed us to leave an hour earlier and get back for kick-off at 3pm.”

The visitors and their host families gathered in the restaurant at the Ship Inn, less than 24 hours after celebrating Bastille Day there with a party and fireworks display.

Landlords Charlie and Lou Kilburn are members of the twinning association and went to Millau last year.

The big match atmosphere might have been slightly different had The Three Lions been able to beat Croatia last Wednesday and lined up an England v France final.

“That would have been amazing,” said Chris. “The Millau guests felt a bit sorry it wasn’t England v France, because that would have been the icing on the cake.

“It might have been a bit awkward, but we wouldn’t have lost friends over it.

“But as soon as England lost, all of our hosts wanted France to win.

“Lots of our kids were dressed in French team outfts and everybody had the French flag painted on to their cheek. It was amazing timing for us, it couldn’t have gone better.”

The French visitors headed back to Millau on Tuesday morning. For a round-up of their week in Bridlington, see next week’s Free Press.