Families set for World Cup revels

More details have been revealed about plans to show England's World Cup games on a large screen in Kettering's Market Place this summer.

In January, the Evening Telegraph reported how Kettering Council was looking into the possibility of showing matches during the tournament.

Next week it will decide whether to screen one or more of England's games.

In a report on the plans, Kettering Council's head of community services Valerie Hitchman said: "If the council were minded to show one, or a number, of World Cup matches on a big screen it would be aimed at families.

"A system of pre-registration for tickets would be required and alcohol would not be sold or permitted at the event.

"England's opening game of the tournament would take place on Saturday, June 12. To complement the event and to make it more attractive for a family audience, ideally the council could offer family entertainment and events such as football skills coaching on the market place during the day prior to the screening."

England's other group stage matches are on Friday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 23.

The Market Place has a public entertainment license but this would need to be extended for evening matches that finish later than 9pm.

The council thinks it would cost 12,000 to screen one game as a pilot or 22,000 for the three group games.

The council's executive committee will decide whether it wants to screen games on Wednesday.

Football fan Vince Geranio said: "I think it's a good idea.

"I went to Germany a couple of times for the last World Cup and the carnival atmosphere they had there with big screens was great."