A Stag night out had an unexpected surprise guest - world famous scientist Stephen Hawking.
Bridegroom-to-be Chris Hallam describes the surreal moment when his gang of bananamen came face-to-face with the world's brightest boffin.
"He's the cleverest man on the planet with nine Bananamen who had a bit too much to drink probably. It's just out of this world, it's unreal."
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