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A groom was left with an horrendous 26-hour-long journey to make his way back from his stag do after his mates arranged his flights for him.
Forty-three-year-old Iain Tate arrived in Spain dressed as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the 'I Want To Break Free' video - that means a skirt, pink blouse, vacuum cleaner, and a moustache - but was forced to return via four flights through five countries whilst his 11 stags flew directly home.
Basically, to get back from Marbella he flew from Malaga to Dusseldorf, from Dusseldorf to Paris, then from Paris to Dublin. The final leg saw him travel from Dublin to Leeds Bradford Airport and home.
This wasn't cheap, as pranks go. His mates paid £600 for the privilege of making their soon-to-be married pal's life a misery.
To make matters worse, his flight from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport was delayed by there hours, which meant that he missed his connecting flight from Dublin to Yorkshire.
Because another flight had been delayed, there were no available hotel rooms.
Iain, from Stockton-on-Tees, told The Mirror: "I had to book another flight to get a boarding card.
"It cost £40 for the missed flight and about £100 for the new one."
Oh, by the way, the first flight from Malaga was at 11am. They didn't get back from partying until 6am.
This whole ordeal sounds like a living hell, doesn't it?
The best man - the mastermind behind this ridiculous prank - is 36-year-old Nick Bass. He said: "Iain was struggling to see the funny side when he missed his last flight home."
Iain even sent them a picture from the floor of Dublin airport where he was forced to bed down for the night.
Upon arrival, he was met by his fiancée, Emma. Twenty-six hours after he set off, he finally made it back.
The pair will marry on 28 November in Darlington.
Iain continued: "It should make for a good best man's speech, but I felt like Judith Chalmers after all those air miles.
"It was bad enough setting off from the fire station dressed as Freddie Mercury.
"Then they got me special dissolving shorts for the pool in Marbella.
"The stitching disappears and they float off when you are wearing them.
"So I had to get out with everything on show. Getting home wasn't much better."
Sounds like something of an understatement, mate.
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