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Couples warned over stag antics

27/04/2011

Betrothed couples have been warned about what they could be subjected to on stag and hen parties abroad.

Being chained to a police car and waking up upside down, naked in a bin were just a couple of the forfeits dished out to grooms or brides-to-be during their pre-wedding parties.

But with the high-spirited antics sometimes getting out of hand it can be vitally important for revellers to make precautions to avoid their big day being spoiled.

The Foreign Office (FO) revealed that one partygoer ended up being thrown into an Amsterdam canal, while another fell from a hotel balcony and had to spend weeks in hospital.

The FO said that around one million Britons are expected to travel abroad for pre-wedding parties this year, but an estimated 169,000 would do so without travel insurance.

Top destination this year is Riga in Latvia, while Barcelona and Marbella in southern Spain are other popular spots.

Phil Lord, from the FO, said: "Stag and hen dos are all about having a great time but the celebrations can come to an abrupt end if things go wrong.

"Cultural differences mean some people will take offence to risque fancy dress costumes and rowdy behaviour.

"So, to avoid a hostile reception from the locals or even spending the weekend in jail, make sure you research your destination and know your limits."

Maria Leng, a consular official in Spain, said: "Consular staff in Spain regularly handle cases involving arrests, hospitalisation and lost and stolen passports.

"Have fun but remember a combination of sun and alcohol doesn't always mix."


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