Hen do returns to surprise at Southend Airport

Southend Standard: The men waiting at Southend Airport The men waiting at Southend Airport

BRIDE-TO-BE Nikki Cross was greeted with a surprise as she returned to Southend Airport from her hen weekend in Spain.

Fiancés and dads of the girls in the party were waiting at the airport for 28-year-old Nikki and her ladies to get back from Malaga, but not because they had missed them.

The six men, who had been on a stag weekend to Portugal, were suited and booted and held signs saying “Glad you’re back, washing needs doing!”

The bride’s sister and maid of honour, Linzi Cross, said none of the 14 women on the hen party had any idea what the boys had planned.

She said: “It was absolutely hilarious and we couldn’t stop laughing. We came out in dribs and drabs and then Nikki came through last and couldn’t believe her eyes.”

Groom Simon Sholl, who will be tying the knot with Nikki on June 21, is holding the first of the signs while father of the bride Wayne Cross stood at the other end.

Linzi said the men weren’t joking about the washing. She said: “There was loads of washing. And guess what I’m doing today!”

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3:00pm Wed 16 Apr 14

TheaWells says...

HA HA!!! Love it....
HA HA!!! Love it.... TheaWells
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3:44pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

"Gess what I'm doing today"

showing him where the washing machine and washing powder are and how to work it I hope.....
"Gess what I'm doing today" showing him where the washing machine and washing powder are and how to work it I hope..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: -1

3:47pm Wed 16 Apr 14

jolllyboy says...

tell him to take it home to mum - not married yet !
tell him to take it home to mum - not married yet ! jolllyboy
  • Score: 0

3:55pm Wed 16 Apr 14

MilesBond says...

Haha how hilarious. Pass me some bandages before my sides split with laughter.
Haha how hilarious. Pass me some bandages before my sides split with laughter. MilesBond
  • Score: 7

4:25pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Missrableoldgoat says...

Is this all there is to report on !!!!!!!!!
Is this all there is to report on !!!!!!!!! Missrableoldgoat
  • Score: 13

5:14pm Wed 16 Apr 14

southend-man says...

Why is this news?
Why is this news? southend-man
  • Score: 16

6:51pm Wed 16 Apr 14

sharonc71 says...

Not all News has to be serious and depressing!
I'm sure this made a lot of people smiLe as it did me 😊
Not all News has to be serious and depressing! I'm sure this made a lot of people smiLe as it did me 😊 sharonc71
  • Score: 5

7:29pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Lesley says...

What happened to the time when a hen night involved a meal at the local restaurant? Now it seems you're not married unless you do a world tour and have a chocolate fountain.
What happened to the time when a hen night involved a meal at the local restaurant? Now it seems you're not married unless you do a world tour and have a chocolate fountain. Lesley
  • Score: 19

7:36pm Wed 16 Apr 14

BarryTanner says...

There is something absolutely loathsome about this and the fact that it was reported with such enthusiasm makes me wonder if the ring piece who wrote it didn't get some sort of financial incentive from this hugely self congratulatory group. To their credit a couple of the blokes look vaguely embarrassed by the whole misguided enterprise.
There is something absolutely loathsome about this and the fact that it was reported with such enthusiasm makes me wonder if the ring piece who wrote it didn't get some sort of financial incentive from this hugely self congratulatory group. To their credit a couple of the blokes look vaguely embarrassed by the whole misguided enterprise. BarryTanner
  • Score: -20

8:48pm Wed 16 Apr 14

DanSholl says...

Hey there Barry, couldnt help but notice your miserable tone. I have a novel idea, if you don't like the look of an article, which in this case, is quite explanatory from the outset, don't read it? I know this is probably your only interaction with anyone other than your cat, who by the way also thinks you are a bore, why not be a good little freak of nature and leave commenting on websites to people with a sense of humour.
Hey there Barry, couldnt help but notice your miserable tone. I have a novel idea, if you don't like the look of an article, which in this case, is quite explanatory from the outset, don't read it? I know this is probably your only interaction with anyone other than your cat, who by the way also thinks you are a bore, why not be a good little freak of nature and leave commenting on websites to people with a sense of humour. DanSholl
  • Score: 41

10:00pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Oh dear, start as you mean to go on. Not.

Make them do their own - and yours as well.

S0d that for a game of soldiers ;D
Oh dear, start as you mean to go on. Not. Make them do their own - and yours as well. S0d that for a game of soldiers ;D Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

2:12am Thu 17 Apr 14

Andycal 172D says...

For crying out loud! I'm not sure what's sadder. Whether it's the idea that blokes can't manage to find the washing machine and wash their own underpants or if it's because they look like a bunch of dodgy drug dealers waiting for the latest convoy of mules to get in from Spain?

Seriously Echo, talk about lazy stereotyping! MUST TRY HARDER!!!!
For crying out loud! I'm not sure what's sadder. Whether it's the idea that blokes can't manage to find the washing machine and wash their own underpants or if it's because they look like a bunch of dodgy drug dealers waiting for the latest convoy of mules to get in from Spain? Seriously Echo, talk about lazy stereotyping! MUST TRY HARDER!!!! Andycal 172D
  • Score: -10

6:32am Thu 17 Apr 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Yes it made me smile,
Yes it made me smile, CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 8

7:52am Thu 17 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Oh dear, start as you mean to go on. Not.

Make them do their own - and yours as well.

S0d that for a game of soldiers ;D
Tis why we men marry, get over it...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, start as you mean to go on. Not. Make them do their own - and yours as well. S0d that for a game of soldiers ;D[/p][/quote]Tis why we men marry, get over it... CarnMountification
  • Score: -1

9:41am Thu 17 Apr 14

openspace says...

I doubt there is enough "serious area news" to fill a local newspaper every day so most local rags fill empty spaces with odd items like this. They amuse many people and do no harm so do have some kind of purpose. Only those lacking any sense of humour are likely to complain in these columns.
To those who took the message about the washing seriously, humour brain cells missing perhaps?????.
At least it made a change from articles about travellers, airport expansion, shared spaces, sea walls, etc, etc.
I doubt there is enough "serious area news" to fill a local newspaper every day so most local rags fill empty spaces with odd items like this. They amuse many people and do no harm so do have some kind of purpose. Only those lacking any sense of humour are likely to complain in these columns. To those who took the message about the washing seriously, humour brain cells missing perhaps?????. At least it made a change from articles about travellers, airport expansion, shared spaces, sea walls, etc, etc. openspace
  • Score: 14

5:23pm Thu 17 Apr 14

MilesBond says...

BarryTanner wrote:
There is something absolutely loathsome about this and the fact that it was reported with such enthusiasm makes me wonder if the ring piece who wrote it didn't get some sort of financial incentive from this hugely self congratulatory group. To their credit a couple of the blokes look vaguely embarrassed by the whole misguided enterprise.
Perfectly put
[quote][p][bold]BarryTanner[/bold] wrote: There is something absolutely loathsome about this and the fact that it was reported with such enthusiasm makes me wonder if the ring piece who wrote it didn't get some sort of financial incentive from this hugely self congratulatory group. To their credit a couple of the blokes look vaguely embarrassed by the whole misguided enterprise.[/p][/quote]Perfectly put MilesBond
  • Score: -1

10:38am Fri 18 Apr 14

M J Fresh says...

Massive bell-ends.
Massive bell-ends. M J Fresh
  • Score: -3

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