With the Euros now less than a week away from beginning, we thought it was time we looked back through our archives at the scenes down the years as football fever took hold.

As Gareth Southgate's side prepares to emerge from a summer tournament victorious for the first time in 55 years, the excitement is brewing already fro this year's festivities.

Of course, as the pandemic still continues to remain a concern for so many of us, perhaps the scenes that we have witnessed in years gone by may be a little more reserved. However, who could really deny themselves a bit of excitement after such a tough year for so many of us.

In today's gallery, there are so many delightful pictures of events reaching fever pitch which will bring back cherished memories for those featured and ramp up the excitement for many of us counting the days before the Three Lions' first group game against Croatia on Sunday.

Featured in today's set, we see jubilant scenes at a city restaurant back in 2005, at Alexandros in Carlisle. Owners Aris Pathanoglou and Vasilis Athanasiadis are seen having returned back from the Euro 2004 final where Greece had just beaten Portugal.

We also see a house in Ullswater Road, Carlisle, which has been painted as the St George’s flag for Euro 2004.

Then we have the classic sight of England fans watching, in this case, Euro 2012 Sweden v England first round game at Walkabout bar in Carlisle.

And nothing beats the magic of a tournmament while you are at school as the Pupils and staff from Robert Ferguson School in Carlisle, who also feature, will attest!

We must also remember that not everyone will be supporting England. Scottish Asda worker Margaret Forster remained faithful to her roots by refusing to wear an England top as the rest of the Carlisle store’s staff put them on to celebrate the start of Euro 2004.

And, of course, many of us will be flocking to the region's pubs to take in the action. As such, also pictured is The Beehive Inn on Warwick Road , Carlisle cheering on the Home Nation sides back in 2016.

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