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Families stay away for fear of it all ending in tears; RELATIONS: Quarter of Welsh get-togethers turn sour.

Byline: RHODRI EVANS

MORE than a quarter of Welsh family get-togethers end in tears according to a new survey.

The survey by telephone company BT found 27pc of Welsh people said family gatherings usually ended in acrimony.

The survey also found 5pc of Welsh people shunned family events to avoid confrontation.

The main instigators of trouble are apparently teasing brothers, who delight in goading their siblings.

According to the survey the average Welsh family now meets up just once every two-and-a-half months.

But 10pc of respondents said it was mothers who caused friction.

But despite the problems of some family get-togethers the Welsh remain committed to their families.

About 57pc of respondents said they would spend more time with their relatives if distance was not a factor.

A further 15pc said they would spend more time with their relatives if they were not so busy.

The survey was carried out to coincide with the launch of BT's new conferencing service BT Buzz-in.

BT's head of conferencing David Sales said, "Our research shows that when it comes to domestic get-togethers it's quite normal for families to have their niggles.

"BT Buzz-in is the latest way for groups of people to talk to each other, wherever they are, on the same call."
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Date:Sep 3, 2001
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