A 37 year old man from Sketty is dreading having to go to the bookies again this year to bet on the Grand National.

Marketing Manager Pete Bowen and his family each chip in 50p to bet on a horse that’ll never win due its ridiculously high odds, which Pete takes to his local Coral.

Pete said: “Walking into the bookies on Grand National Day is utterly terrifying. They know I’m an amateur at all of this, I don’t expect the red carpet treatment, but it would be nice to not be judged.

“The regulars look at me in the same way I imagine Nurses looks at Jeremy Hunt when he visits a hospital. I also refuse to use those little pens they have, but pulling out my Swarovski pen does not go down well.

“Last year I walked up to the counter and the World’s most judgement person asked me a load of questions about ‘each way’, I just winced and admitted that ‘I rode a pony once’. It was very degrading.

“I’d do it online, but it’s an hour out of the house away from the family, so the embarrassment is worth it.”

Coral manager Theresa Connell said: “This is the worse weekend of a bookies calendar. We get hundreds of Pete’s nervously walking through the door and they’re an embarrassment.

“I feel sorry for the regular punters. All they want to do is come here, blow all the money that they have and then go home depressed. They don’t need marketeers, no one does.”

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