Kiwis in good spirits on Waitangi Day pub crawl in London

Central London was swamped with New Zealanders for the annual Waitangi Day Circle Line Pub Crawl on Saturday.

 
 

Waitangi Day pub crawl

CENTRAL LONDON was swamped with New Zealanders for the annual Waitangi Day Circle Line Pub Crawl on Saturday.

View the full Waitangi Day Circle Line Pub Crawl photo gallery, here

Thousands of people dressed up in a variety of outfits, with sheep a popular choice, while the bravest group were the lads in small shorts, some kind of pink latex, and hundreds of thousands.

The day started on a sombre note, with a minute of silence held for Jacob Marx, the young Kiwi who was killed by a falling sign on Camden Rd last week.

After that it was time to party, with crowds making their way through west London until they reached Westminster for a few hakas and enthusiastic renditions of the national anthem.

Clint Heine, one of the event organisers, said he was thrilled with how the day progressed,

“Fantastic vibe all day and the people out there on the streets were having a fantastic time.

“Police very happy too.

“All the preparations and getting in stewards paid off massive dividends and not a single arrest or any trouble worth mentioning – and that’s from feedback from all pubs and the police.

“It was just a well behaved day out and considering how it could have turned out if we were Brits, I am over the moon!”

All those spoken to by the New Zealand Times were enjoying themselves, with many thankful the snow that hit the 2012 festivities did not return.

“We’re having such a good time, it’s always a good chance to catch up with friends,” Sarah Moody said.

“Everyone looks at us a bit strangely, but it’s all part of the fun,” added Jon O’Connor.

 
 

 

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