World Cup ‘Dorris’ is no England dummy

SHE is 6ft tall, good looking and has been grabbing the attention of thousands of England fans as they drive past her in Colchester.

SHE is 6ft tall, good-looking and has been grabbing the attention of thousands of England fans as they drive past in Colchester.

World Cup Dorris, as she is known, may not be the most vocal of supporters but she is definitely amongst the most eye-catching in her home town.

Her family – the Hodgsons in Stanway – have decked her from top to toe in England kit, including a patriotic vest, hat and flags and even her underwear bears the flag of St George.

On the days England play, Dorris is placed outside the family home on the busy London Road, leading to honking horns of appreciation from passing drivers.

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Wayne Hodgson said people had even been stopping to have their photo taken with her.

The gardener said: “I got her from a friend who is a window dresser and she was having a clear out and had her in her garage and have had her for about a year.

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“With the World Cup here we thought it would be good fun to dress her up so we put her in a red and white tinsel wig with her England cap.

“We put a bit of effort into it with the England car sticker on her leg and flag tied to her wrist.”

Dorris is only coming out to play on the days of England games and Mr Hodgson’s wife, Kerrie, and staff at the garage across the road keep an eye on her to make sure she does not go walkabout.

Mr Hodgson’s son, Tyler, who goes to Stanway Primary School, was initially embarrassed by his family’s new acquisition, but the nine-year-old has grown to like her.

“Tyler picked the name and his friends have not stopped talking about her,” Mr Hodgson said.

Dorris will be out on London Road until England exit the tournament or come away as winners – so they are hoping she will still be there on the evening of the World Cup final on July 11.

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