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West Street on a Saturday night is something to witness. Walkabout, 79-91 West Street
Laughing, they spill out onto the pavement from the Premier Travel Inn.
They are all dressed in pink cowboy hats, pink tees, pink hot pants. Heads turn. Lorraine and her best mate Karina have gone out to a couple of birthdays dressed as nurses and stuff, but nothing as wild this. They look fantastic in their sexy outfits; they think so anyway. Cowgirls was Emma’s idea.
Bride-to-be Emma holds out the edible G-string they bought her. One Size Fits All. "Here. Have a bite. It’s my dare.” She has to get men to eat the pale candies. There are a few gaps already.
There’s a wind blowing up West Street as they turn the corner. They get a few stares, but that’s fun. Really fun. You couldn’t dress up like this at home in Tonbridge.
Emma is marrying Karina’s brother. Karina had known her at school, but Emma had gone away travelling and when she came back her brother told Karina he liked her.
"Go for it,” said Karina.
The wedding’s in a few weeks.
After a meal at the buffet place, they move down to Walkabout. They’re mainly on wine and WKDs now and the real dares are starting. One of the hens, Lynette, brought them.
They choose them for Emma. "Lap dance.” She does. "Stand on a table and flash your knickers.” She does. A cheer goes up. There’s a group of men from Tunbridge Wells who turn out to be at a stag party; the groom’s wedding is on the same day as Emma’s. The two groups merge.
"Get under the table and bit" underwear with a man.”
That’s so rude.
But Emma’s grabbing this man from the stag party and now she’s making her way to the toilets...