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Is this the perfect place for UKIP’s Nigel Farage to cast his vote? Cambridgeshire pub turned into a polling station

By Cambridge News  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

  • Cherry Tree pub, Soham turned polling station. Picture: Keith Heppell

  • Cherry Tree pub, Soham turned polling station. Picture: Keith Heppell

  • Cherry Tree pub, Soham turned polling station. Picture: Keith Heppell

  • Cherry Tree pub, Soham turned polling station. Picture: Keith Heppell

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage would have been in his element casting his vote with pint in hand at a polling station in Cambridgeshire for today’s elections – as the ballot boxes were stacked up on a bar.

The Cherry Tree pub in Fordham Road, Soham, played host to voters who may have felt they needed a pint and shelter from the downpours before deciding who to choose out of the long list of candidates in the European elections.

Sam Whiteham, who works behind the bar, said: “We’ve had a steady stream of voters coming in and a few have stayed for a pint.

“One bar is given over as a polling station and the other serves drinks.

“We opened up at 7am but didn’t start serving drinks until noon.

“It started to pick up through the day. We’ve had a few come in from the rain too.”

The heavy rain that fell across the county could take its toll on the turnout.

A weather warning was issued for Cambridgeshire today with flooding expected, the Met Office said.

The European poll gave voters the chance to select the seven MEPs who represent the Eastern region.

The Cambridge City Council election is the most decisive in years, with Labour battling to oust control from the Liberal Democrats.

Fifteen seats were up for grabs, with residents in all 14 wards having the chance to make their mark, and an extra by-election being held in Petersfield following the resignation of Labour’s Gail Marchant-Daisley.

Elections were also taking place to South Cambridgeshire District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and North Hertfordshire District Council.

The News is covering the results live as they come in at cambridge-news.co.uk, with the city council counting declaring overnight. The counts in the other areas take place on Friday.

Don’t miss Saturday’s News for full election results and analysis.

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