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Ex-pats celebrate with pub crawl

Published: 7:53PM Sunday February 10, 2008 Source: ONE News

Up to 12,000 Kiwi ex-pats joined a pub crawl in belated Waitangi Day celebrations that brought parts of London to a standstill.

The Circle Line event has been going for more than 30 years and now thousands of New Zealanders converge on Parliament Square, causing chaos on the streets.

The culmination of a day of drinking to celebrate Waitangi Day caused road closures around Westminster and the Circle Line tube had trouble coping with the volume of people.

"At the moment there is a delay purely because of the way the amount of people have come into the station and we're just holding them back for their own safety at the moment," P C Jepson from the British Transport Police says.

The revellers began their pub crawl at Paddington Station and followed the Circle Line stopping at landmarks such as Notting Hill, High Street, Kensington and Westminster.

Despite the chaos the crowd was good natured and often entertaining.

"Anything else you go to in England there would be police, hassles, riots and fighting. You get 12,000 Kiwis and their mates joining in and they're just enjoying things from back home," says organiser Lysandra Stuart.

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