Bride-to-be holds hen party in snow after flight to Marbella was cancelled

Bride-to-be Claire Phillips had thought she would saying goodbye to singlehood with one final hurrah with her pals in sunny Marbella.

But the 39-year-old donned a swimsuit in snowy Cardiff after extreme weather scuppered their Spanish getaway.

The group’s flight to the Costa del Sol was cancelled due to heavy snow, so they had to make the most of the hen do in the City of Arcades instead.

Claire told WalesOnline that the hen party refused to let the bad weather spoil their fun.

They event spent time posing for snaps in their swimming costumes on beach blankets in the snow.

The group was due to fly to Marbella on Friday, but the flight was cancelled amid heavy snow, high winds, extreme cold from Storm Emma.

Claire, from Swansea, said: “We knew that we would have to come back on Monday, so there was no point in trying to rearrange our flights.”

She and her pals were left disappointed, but they managed to make some unexpected memories – and turn heads – in Cardiff.

Claire told how passers-by snapped photos of the women as they walked around the city in their beachwear in the freezing cold.

She said: “It was so funny. We were out there for around 25 minutes. We walked up to an area with loads of snow and a bus pulled up with loads of tourists.

“The bus driver got out and took pictures of us, and so did passers-by. We just haven’t stopped laughing the whole time.”


The group then put more layers on and enjoyed Cardiff’s nightlife.

Nine people were meant to go on the trip, but only seven managed to make it through the snow to the Welsh capital.

Claire and her friends are still hoping to visit Marbella later in the year, but after she gets married in April.


She said: “We are hoping to go in September instead, after the wedding. We are calling it a ‘Hennymoon’.”

Last week, Storm Emma and the "Beast from the East" – a blast of polar air from Siberia – caused widespread disruption for millions and plunged the entire country under red, amber and/or yellow weather warnings.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled, while there was severe disruption on the roads and for train services.

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