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Home / Latest News / These pictures show how a Wales football fan living in the Netherlands is celebrating Euro 2016

These pictures show how a Wales football fan living in the Netherlands is celebrating Euro 2016

It’s safe to say most of Wales is in full on Euro 2016 celebration mode ahead of Wales’ kick-off with Slovakia on Saturday.

Welsh landmarks are due to be turned red today to show support for Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and co, a giant Welsh football shirt has been unveiled in the centre of Cardiff and thousands of fans are making their way to France to watch Wales in action.

But there’s one Welsh football fan living in the Netherlands who will be showing his support for Wales at the Euros in a slightly different way.

Mark Britton, originally from Barry, has seen his street in Amstelveen, a district of Amsterdam, decorated orange to mark the Netherlands taking part in previous Euro tournaments and in the 2014 World Cup.

So he decided to seize the opportunity to now turn his home red in tribute to Wales’ involvement in this year’s tournament.

Mark Britton, originally from Barry, has watched for years gone by as his street in Amstelveen, a district of Amsterdam, has been decorated orange to mark the Netherlands taking part in the 2014 World Cup and previous Euro tournaments
Mark Britton, originally from Barry, has watched for years gone by as his street in Amstelveen, a district of Amsterdam, has been decorated orange to mark the Netherlands taking part in the 2014 World Cup and previous Euro tournaments

Mark, 36, has adorned the home he shares with his Dutch wife, Barbara Smit-Britton with numerous Welsh flags and will be sure to show off his Wales football shirt during his home nation’s fixtures.

Mark and his wife met while they were both holidaying on the Greek island of Rhodes more than 16 years ago.

Their week-long holiday romance blossomed and Mark went to live with Barbara in Amsterdam in 2000 for two and a half years, before the couple moved to Barry in 2003, got married and had their first child, Owain-Daan.

The family then moved back to the Netherlands in 2009, welcoming their second child Thijs-Rhys, three.

Mark admits he’s got very friendly and understanding neighbours who had no problem with him turning part of their street red – a change from the usual orange.

How the street usually looks
How the street usually looks

Mark said: “For years I have been part of a culture where everyone decorates their house orange. For the last World Cup and Euros almost the entire street was orange.

“Well now it’s our turn and it’s been a very long wait.

“Admittedly, my house sticks out like a sore thumb but that doesn’t bother me one bit.

“I’ll be watching the group games from the luxury of my Welsh castle with some extra support from some friends and family, who, for this tournament, will be supporting our boys too.”

The Netherlands are notable absentees in this year’s Euro 2016 tournament, having finished behind Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey in Group A to miss out on their first Euro tournament since 1984.=

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