Jul 22 2011 by Lorraine Waddell, Lennox Herald (main ed)
TOWN centre shoppers were given a proper eyeful last week when a groom-to-be was tied NAKED to a lamppost in broad daylight.
Graham Murdoch tried desperately to hide his lunchbox at lunchtime on Thursday in Dumbarton High Street.
The Haldane man was stripped, covered in treacle, and then dumped outside Greggs the bakers after being bundled into a car by workmates from Dumbarton Service Station and ‘pals’ from East End Coachworks.
The pranksters took their nude victim to the High Street at the peak of lunchtime, just before 1pm, to ensure maximum embarrassment on his last day of work as a single man.
Friend and workmate, Stephen Varney, said: “We were talking about Graham’s wedding a while ago and said we would have to do something for it.
“We all work in the garage so we got one of the boys to come round in his car and pretend he had a nail in his tyre.
“We got Graham to go out and check.
“While he was doing that, we all ran out, grabbed him and put him in the car.
“He put up a fight at the start but gave up soon after that.”
Graham got plenty funny looks from High Street and his bride Alana McClelland was left mortified when she also came across her man in this pre-wedding predicament.
This prank has become a ritual created by the guys at East End Coachworks, with several others also being stripped, covered in various substances and tied up in the High Street.
Stephen said: “Graham was covered in treacle, sawdust, eggs, oil and red paint. He just stood there when we were tying him up.
“His fiancee turned up. I don’t think she was too happy.”
Despite the prank, Graham’s pals and colleagues were still on the guest list for the wedding at Bonhill Church on Saturday, where Graham and Alana tied the knot – after a few long showers to clean himself up.