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A Savage Nightclub Attack During a Stag Party

Bad things can happen anytime and when one least expects it. That was the case for Neil Topping who was just enjoying his brother’s stag party when something bad happened. True enough, it is not surprising for some stag parties to have such incidents.

Men that simply cannot handle their alcohol well can do crazy things. Still, the assailants did not have to gang up on him. Such a thing can also happen during a hen night, but women usually do not get as violent.

Topping was brought to the hospital severely beaten after the incident. Though he will undoubtedly recover eventually, his brother’s stag do is unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.

How Did It Start?

Neil Topping, 53 years of age, was enjoying his brother’s stag party at a nightclub on King Street, Bliss, when a man bumped into him knocking him to the side. He did have an argument with that man, but the man’s son tried to break the argument by trying to calm them down.

Topping and the rest of the stag group thought that was over since they went on their separate ways and all left the club. However, as their stag group was walking down the street, the man that Topping had an argument with went up to him accompanied by two other men. The argument then continued and a man punched one of Topping’s family members.

A fight then broke out. Topping was knocked out cold and one of the men continued to kick him as he lay on the ground. After that, the three assailants ran away.

Images from Wigan TodayPolice Investigation

The police did look into the issue and they did not even have such a hard time identifying the assailants as they had their photo taken at the nightclub earlier that evening. Aside from that photo, they also took photos of Topping’s injuries.

One of the officers did say that the violent attack was carried out by three men that had no reason to act that recklessly. The local police will be speaking with the Greater Manchester Police if they don’t find the three men first. The cooperation of anyone that know anything about those men will be greatly appreciated as well.

Hopefully, the three men will get caught soon enough and pay for their crime. Anyone that can provide information can call the local police on 0161 856 5958. Others that wish to leave tips anonymously might want to call Crimestopper instead on 0800 555111.

Is There Even Such a Thing as a Healthy Stag Party?

In line with the recent marathon Boston incident, here’s a little something for marathon runners. Those that have chosen to maintain a healthier lifestyle might find these tips useful as well.

Men in their twenties and thirties know how it’s like to be invited to a stag party left and right. After all, at that age, a lot of one’s friends start settling down which does call for such parties. Though most men will not have a problem enjoying such an occasion, some men with strict training regimens might have a problem. Still, if a close friend is getting married, not attending will not be an option.

Is there such a thing as a healthy stag party? That probably exists in the field of dreams, but in reality, there really isn’t such a thing. So, what can some men do about it? Here are some tips to maintain one’s fitness level despite attending one stag party after another.

Cross Training

Most marathon runners keep a strict fitness regimen to stay in good condition even when they are not exactly joining a marathon anytime soon. Cross training can be one good option to stay fit as it will allow them to maintain the aerobic fitness and condition.

Swimming and cycling are good alternative for cross training. A summer stag party or weekend by the beach will not be such a bad idea as one might get some time to actually swim. Swimming for thirty to sixty minutes will definitely help anyone stay in shape.

Be Safe

Stag parties tend to involve popular stag do activities like paintballing, quad biking, gorge walking, and at times, other extreme sports. As an athlete, you’d know that any sort of injury will directly mess with your training. To be on the safe side, try to save the drinking part for the evening.

By not drinking alcohol before such activities, you can avoid drunken injuries. Remember, a broken wrist, twisted ankle, or ruptured tendon can be bad for training.

Be Sensible

If you’re just a guest to the stag party, you can choose to drink more sensibly. This means choosing alcoholic beverages that are lower in alcohol content. It helps to know your limits as well. If you do, be sensible enough not go beyond that.

All of that might be impossible if you’re the one celebrating your stag party. But, as a close friend of the groom-to-be, you do not really have to drink as much or as heavily as the rest of the group.

Make sure that you’re properly hydrated as well and drink lots of water. Better yet, get some protein powder and make a protein shake before going out with the rest of the guys. Once you get back from a night on the town, you can drink it before going to bed to make sure your body gets something good to work with somehow.

All of this will also apply to women that will be attending hen parties or hen weekends. Just remember, have fun, but keep your wits about you and maintain your fitness level at the same time.

What About Joint Hen and Stag Parties

A lot of people tend to do what popular celebrities do and that includes celebrating their hen or stag party in style. The past few weeks, celebrity news was abuzz with Rihanna and Chris Brown’s impending nuptials in Barbados. Moreover, that the couple will be celebrating a joint stag and hen party with their closest friends.

Hen and stag or “Hag” parties are not that uncommon, but not a lot of couples actually do it. Why? There could be so many reasons why joint parties are not that ideal. Though such a party will also have its advantages.

Chris and Rihanna’s Bash

After Riri finishes the European leg of her world tour, their two-week joint hen and stag party will start. The couple decided that sailing off into the sunset with their closest friends is the best way to celebrate their last moments of freedom. Their destination is the south of France.

For two weeks, they will be cruising to various destinations like Corsica and Monaco. That two-week event will be like a 24-hour-a-day party. Hopefully, their guests have enough stamina to party throughout the whole affair.

After their joint party, the couple plans to get married in Barbados. The wedding will take place this summer, on July.

The Pros and Cons

For some couples, having a hag party or hag do is much better as it might allow them to save some money. Of course, if the couple does decide to have something as elaborate as Rihanna and Chris Brown’s two-week celebration, the cost can really get high. However, much simpler celebrations might be more affordable for others.

One other advantage of having a joint party is the fact that no one has to keep any secret. The couple will be together throughout the celebration and there’s no need to hide or lie about what happened during the stag or hen party.

A major disadvantage would be the fact that the couple will have to reach a compromise on the activities involved. As opposed to having a single celebration where the stag or hen can choose certain activities that he or she loves, a joint party will require the same set of activities for both of them.

With that in mind, the amount of guests can also be a problem. A joint party means more people that might not even know each other so well. Though that may also be true for traditional stag or hen parties, a joint celebration means more people to entertain. It certainly makes it a bit more difficult to come up with games and activities that all the guests will enjoy.

What is your opinion about hag dos? Will you consider having one yourself?

Three Essentials You Must Bring to a Stag Party

Stag and hen parties are always a lot of fun since they are made to be fun. Still, there are some items that are rather indispensable. By bringing these essentials, you can make sure that having too much fun does not present as a big problem

Phone + Charger

Your mobile phone is the first item that you should never leave home without. With the right applications, your mobile phone will be more useful especially if the stag party will be held somewhere else or a place that you are not that familiar with.

A stag weekend abroad will be a lot more fun if you know where to go and there are phone applications that can help with that. What’s more, for iPhone users, the Find My Friends application can be quite useful. Stag group members may stray away from the main group and that makes finding each other much easier.

Of course, you should not forget your phone charger. Make sure that your phone is fully charged before leaving your accommodations.

Cash + Plastic

No one ever leaves home without some cash and plastic for backup. Credit cards or debit cards are always useful in case you do not carry enough cash with you. For some, it is even safer than bringing too much cash.

So, make sure that you have all of those with you even if it’s a “just in case” thing. Always have those in your pockets. It is not uncommon for some stag group members to lose items or their wallets during such parties especially once they’re drunk. So, it’s better to keep those cards in your pocket instead of inside your wallet. That way, if you ever lose your wallet, you have something to use.

Energy Drinks

Everyone in the stag group will need their own dose of energy drinks especially if they’re having a stag weekend. Getting that additional dose of energy can ensure that you can drink more and party harder at night time.

A lot of stags can keep going on and on with energy drinks and loads of alcohol. So, make sure that you bring some of those too.

These are just three essential items that men should bring to stag parties. There are probably other items that may be brought as needed like a small first aid kit or some medicines in case of emergency.

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