To celebrate the momentous and historic win for England’s Lionesses on Sunday a North Yorkshire sea life centre has renamed a sea creature after local hero Beth Mead.

On Sunday a thrilling win for the Lionesses saw a 2 -1 victory over old rivals Germany in the Euro 2022 final.

Beth Mead, from Hinderwell, Scarborough, is a local hero after taking home the 2022 Women’s Euros Golden Boot award, along with the Player of the Tournament award.

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SEA LIFE Scarborough argues that Beth Mead not only inspired England to European glory, but also matched Germany striker Alexander Popp’s record for the most goals ever scored in a Euro Championship.

The sea life centre were so pleased with the footballer they decided to name an octopus after the star.

The football-fanatic octopus has reportedly been hooked on the tournament.

Andy Turner, general manager at SEA LIFE Scarborough, said they were all “so proud to see our lionesses make history.”

He added: “It’s been a long time coming for an English side to win at a major tournament and we couldn’t be happier that football has finally come home.  

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“Beth Mead was unbelievable throughout the whole campaign and being born just down the road in Whitby we thought what better way to honour her than to name our football loving octopus after her.

“This generation of sports stars will inspire so many young children to follow their dreams, so we hope by naming our octopus after Beth Mead, we’ll be able to tell her story to all our guests who visit the octopus at SEA LIFE.”   

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