Carnival spirit comes to Bolton town centre as World Cup starts
12:03pm Monday 16th June 2014 in News
Buy this photo Samba dancers entertain the shoppers during World Cup fun at Bolton Market Place
BRAZIL’S carnival spirit came to Bolton town centre with a launch event to celebrate the beginning of the World Cup.
Shoppers young and old were wowed by performances from a batala band and samba dances and enjoyed watching remarkable stunts by football freestylers.
Zayne Yusuf, aged nine, and his eight-year-old brother Amir, were eager to dive in for a kick-about.
Zayne, from Deane, said: “I am supporting Brazil because they are going to win. They have won it five times.”
Jamie Knight, a University of Manchester student who is originally from Belfast, had the crowds entertained with his freestyle football tricks.
The 21-year-old, who has been practising for six years, said: “I have always liked football so I started watching freestyle football videos to see if I could copy what they were doing.
“I don’t play football – this is a completely different sport. Comparing football and freestyle football is like comparing BMXing with cycling.”
Ramy Abaker, aged nine, from Great Lever was impressed, and said: “I have been very excited to watch the World Cup. I like Portugal the best because they have Ronaldo.”
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