Wales’ exit from Euro 2016 did not dampen spirits at the North Wales Coast’s two Euro fanzones.
An estimated 7,500 people turned up at the Rhyl Events Arena to watch the 2-0 semi final defeat to Portugal on Wednesday – while another 6,500 watched the game at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay.
And hundreds of people took to social media to express their delight about the fan zones:
@DenbighshireCC well done on tonight's event in Rhyl. We had a blast. A fantastic turnout and so nice to see so many locals support it. 👋
— Chris Gentile (@HostGentile) July 6, 2016
Great night at Rhyl Events Arena, despite the result. Wales (and Rhyl) – you were awesome pic.twitter.com/L9T83ZqGbI
— DenbighshireCC (@DenbighshireCC) July 6, 2016
In Colwyn Bay, two people were arrested for ‘persistently’ letting off flares. A 19 year-old from Abergele remains in custody while the other was released without charge at the scene – one member of security staff was also injured when a drinks can was thrown.
Meanwhile, three youths were thrown out of the Rhyl fan zone after flares were let off towards the end of the Euro 2016 semi final.
Security checks were carried out at both locations, where fan zones had been set up with just two days notice following public demand. There were also big screen gatherings at the Mona Showground on Anglesey, Caernarfon Market Hall, Central Station in Wrexham and in Mold town centre.
Overall, police praised fans for their good behaviour. Superintendent Rob Kirman, who led policing for last night’s events across the region, said: ”This was a successful operation with the vast majority of the people having enjoyed themselves despite the disappointing result for Wales. We estimate that around 14,000 people were in attendance at organised events across North Wales, and that doesn’t include the many who attended pubs and clubs to watch the game.”
The Rhyl fan zone is currently set to remain for Sunday’s final, with a bar set up for the occasion. It was jointly set up by Denbighshire County Council and Rhyl Town Council.