Dorset marking Brexit with a party and a vigil

Dorset marking Brexit with a party and a vigil

Published by Helen Down at 9:32am 1st February 2020. (Updated at 9:45am 1st February 2020)

The opposing ways the occasion was marked.

The UK is out of the EU, marking the end of 47 years of membership.

Brexit officially happened last night - triggering the start of 11 months' of trade negotiations.

As leavers turned out in Parliament Square in London pub goers in Bridport celebrated too.

The Crown Inn  rang a gong at 11pm last night marking the country's departure.

Brexit party invite to pub goers in Bridport
The Crown Inn Bridport

Simon Warry, licensee of the pub said:

"There's a huge amount of patriotism going on right now. 

"This is new territory for all of us, you know we've never celebrated our independence before so that's what we're doing.

"We've got our own large bell that somebody's lent me which I've hung up behind the bar to do the bongs, because Big Ben can't do it.

He says lots of people are looking forward to the future.

"I think people are a little bit scared to show which direction they go on this in this strange time that we live in at the moment.

"I've chosen to ignore that and it's been very well received"

Elsewhere in Bournemouth a vigil was held by pro-EU campaign group Dorset for Europe.

Shine A Light For Our Rights vigil in Bournemouth