A man pictured calmly taking his pint of beer with him as other people fled past him during the deadly attack in London has been cast as an unlikely hero who encapsulates British humour and defiance.
Dressed in a red T-shirt and sauntering casually with a friend, the drinker stood out in Sky News footage of men and women running down Borough High Street, away from the London Bridge scene of the attack that left seven people dead and 48 injured on Saturday night.
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The image spread like wildfire across Twitter and British newspapers said the man, whose identity is unknown, was a symbol of defiance.
“True symbol of the British spirit as man flees terrorist attack clutching his pint,” said student Henry Slesser on Twitter.
Others joked that it was only right that he should take his beer with him, given London’s notoriously high prices.
“Evacuate? Well, OK. But this beer cost six pounds ($10) a pint. I’m taking it with me,” said another Twitter user, Andrew Brooks.
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