Fever-pitch in the pub

The landlord of a pub in Shoeburyness has gone beyond the usual flags, bunting and big screens to show his support for England in the World Cup.

Mark Wenn has turned the Parson's Barn into a football pitch, with real grass, goal nets and corner flags - he's even painted white lines on the 'pitch' to mark out the penalty areas and centrespot.

It cost just £350 to turf the entire floor and Mark says it paid for itself during the first England game alone.

Mark told us: "The trade out there is very cut throat at the moment - everyone's putting the extra TVs in, everyone's doing the BBQs."

"I thought: 'I need to do something a bit different' so I put the grass down - nobody else is doing that!"

Most of the punters love the new-look pub, although a couple have commented it smells like a field.

And Mark says, should England crash out early, he's thinking of putting a net across the middle of the pitch and turning it into a tennis court in time for Wimbledon.

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