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These headlines are ridiculous ... we are all gorgeous in Yarm.

Byline: Mike Blackburn

TWO Yarm beauties today hit back at national headlines claiming Prince Harry came to town to "Snog a Dog".

As reported first in the Gazette, the young Prince popped in for a pint in the Black Bull pub and the The Keys nightclub with a group of friends on Tuesday.

But national press chasing up the Gazette story ran it under headlines like The Metro's "Snog-a-Dog ... then a 'copter ride for Harry".

The Daily Star said Prince Harry faced "a right royal dressing down" from girlfriend Chelsy Davy who "may not be too pleased with Harry checking out the action at a notorious 'snog a dog' night".

Scotland's Daily Record even ran the story, but hilariously called it a "snog AND dog" night.

But Katie Walker, 18, and friend Natalie Paleschi,

Natalie, from Eaglescliffe, who is about to start a three-year nursing degree, said: "These headlines are ridiculous. We are all gorgeous in Yarm!"

Katie, a hair and beauty student from Hilton village, near Yarm added: "Tuesday night at The Keys is singles night or known locally as 'Grab a Granny' night - but no one calls it Snog a Dog night."

Ironically the two friends narrowly missed out on meeting Prince Harry themselves.

Natalie explained: "It was my 20th birthday on Tuesday and we were meant to be going out in Yarm that evening, but I ended up just leaving it.

"I would have loved to have met Prince Harry. He might have bought me a birthday drink, or even given me a birthday kiss!"

Prince Harry, 22, a 2nd Lieutenant with the Household Cavalry, is currently based in Newcastle.

As reported, Black Bull manager Mark Eddy said he came into his pub for about 20 minutes at about 9pm with a few people - thought to be fellow soldiers and security staff.

Other eye witnesses spotted him later in The Keys chatting with locals before being whisked off for a taxi ride home - by helicopter.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2007
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