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Man arrives for wedding 1 year too early, travels 5600kms before realising.

In 2007, 2008, Air travel, amazing story, canada, Crazy news, EU, europe, Humour, Society, Tool of the Week, transport, UK, wedding on July 11, 2007 at 4:19 pm

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Talk about unfashionably early.

An expat Welshman flew across the Atlantic from Canada, expecting to attend a wedding, only to find out when he arrived that it wasn’t to occur in 2007 but in 2008, British media reports.

David Best sent friend David Barclay an email at the start of 2007 which mentioned his wedding date of July 6.

Despite receiving no invitation, and thinking it was a bit odd to have a wedding on a Friday, expat teacher Barclay nonetheless booked his flights and jetted the 5600km from Toronto to Cardiff, in Wales.

“I booked my ticket, paid $1175 to fly into Cardiff, got the old suit cleaned, the goatee trimmed, the head shaved – I was going to be the belle of the ball,” Mr Barclay told BBC Radio.

“I called his mum to find his number and then I called him up and I said, ‘When and where is this wedding? It’s in a couple of days and I’d just like to know where I’m going.’

“He said to me, ‘Mate, it’s not this year, it’s next year. 2008 not 2007.”

Only then did a whole list of other strange occurrences start to make any sense.

“I called his mum up and she didn’t mention it at all. I didn’t get an invitation, it was just on an email and I mentioned it to a friend we’re both friends with and he didn’t know what I was talking about,” Mr Barclay said.

“All these things came together and I thought, ‘Oh no, you berk.’ I’m a year early and my mates are loving it, aren’t they?

“At least it has assured me a mention in the speech next year, I reckon. Same time next year – I’ll be there.”

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