Group take complete stranger on holiday to Majorca after friend with same name drops out

Hatty Collier
Joe McGrath (centre) with his new found friends: @joemcgrath95

A group of friends planning a holiday to Majorca asked a stranger to go with them when a friend with the same name dropped out.

The ten friends from Bristol found a Joe McGrath, from Stockport, on Facebook who agreed to go on the paid-for trip to celebrate one of their 30th birthdays.

The 21-year-old told the BBC they were “an absolutely lovely group of people” and said he was the “only one stupid enough to reply” after the group messaged 15 others with the same name.

He said: “After a couple of days debate and re-assuring myself it was a legit offer for a free trip, I decided to take the plunge and drove down to Bristol on Saturday.

"I must be a bit mad. I was fully up for it."

The Facebook message read: “Hi Joe. Would you consider coming on holiday with a group of nine strangers if they had already arranged flights for you and an all inclusive hotel?

“It’s our friend Nathan’s 30th birthday and we decided to throw him a surprise holiday break in Mallorca. Unfortunately our friend Joe McGrath can’t attend but we have already booked it up for him.”

He shared details of the group’s kind gesture on Twitter and a picture of them enjoying the holiday, which was liked and shared more than 20,000 times.

Mr McGrath said he is already planning to visit Bristol again and has asked the group of friends to Manchester to take them on a night out to say thank you for the trip.