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British Mourner Got so Drunk at Friend’s Funeral He Woke Up in Amsterdam

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A mourner got so drunk at his friend’s funeral he woke up hundreds of miles away in Amsterdam.

James O’Kane, 22, says he has no idea how he ended up in the Dutch capital after attending a wake in south east London the night before.

The Sainsbury’s worker cannot remember why he booked a taxi to Gatwick airport at 4am but says he was so inebriated he “could not remember his name”.

James, from Orpington, was apparently refused a ticket by EasyJet but eventually boarded a British Airways flight after stumping up £232 for a return ticket.

He claims the first he knew of his drunken jaunt was when he was woken by an air stewardess as the plane landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

James said: “The alcohol made everything seem like a completely wicked idea. But when I got to Amsterdam it hit me about what I had done.

“I was completely wasted but when you are drinking you are determined.”

James had only the suit he had worn to the funeral, his passport which he had taken out for ID, and £50 with him when he arrived in Holland.

To make matters worse, his mum Janice, 58, refused to pay for an earlier flight home, leaving him stranded in the city for three days.

He said: “When I got to Amsterdam, I rang my mum and asked her to buy me a room in a hotel.

“She asked if I was in London. I said ‘Amsterdam’. She was laughing about it with my dad.

“For the next three days I wandered around in my three-piece suit and had to buy some flip-flops because shoes were hurting. I took about 60 pictures.”

Last year, Oldham teenager Luke Harding woke up in Paris after a heavy night out.

Luke, 19, was going home in a taxi from the Tokyo Project nightclub when he decided to visit the Eiffel Tower.

He had his passport in his pocket because he had been using it as ID to prove he was old enough to drink – and told the cabby to take him to Manchester Airport where he boarded an early morning flight to France.

The next thing he remembered was waking up in a toilet cubicle in Charles De Gaulle Airport, almost 400 miles from his home in Oldham.


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