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Will leaves man’s friends thousands for holiday

A Swansea man who passed away from cancer left £3,500 in his will for his friends, on condition that they spend it on a holiday in his memory.

Former engineer Roger Brown, who died aged 67, specified in the will that seven friends from his local pub must spend the money on a European city break.

The group had known each other for 40 years, the BBC reports, and had been on local trips together. Mr Brown’s son rang the group three or four days after the funeral and announced the news.

One of the group, Roger Rees, told the BBC:

“I thought he was joking. It took me a long time to get it into my head that he was serious.”

The friends agreed on Berlin after lengthy discussions. They enjoyed the local sights and specialities and took every opportunity to remember their friend during the trip.

Mr Rees said:

“We got a hop-on hop-off bus. It takes two-and-a-half hours to do the circuit but you can get out wherever you like. At every historic site there was a bar. Every bar we went to, we had a drink and we raised our glasses to him – and we went to a lot of bars.”

Mr Brown was a keen sportsman and raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support over the final years of his life.

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