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Sherry-swilling over-50s not welcome in Jerez

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The tourism chief of Andalucia's Jerez de la Frontera has decided he's had enough of riotous Brits who invade the town and "do nothing but drink", the Sun reports.

Juan Manuel García Bermúdez declared: "We don't want the English who come over on cheap flights and do nothing apart from drink all day long. We only want tourism that will enrich the area."

Jerez de la Frontera is apparently "hugely popular" with British of a certain age, and commonly suffers mass incursions by over-50s booked on SAGA "adventure" tours, intent on hitting the sherry.

While a British Consulate source admitted there'd been a "few problems" with tanked-up Brits, he assured: "It is a nice, quiet town and tends to be visited by over-50s who like sitting in bars and enjoying a beer or a sherry. It's certainly no worse than anywhere else."

Local non-native hoteliers are unimpressed with Bermúdez's enrichment plan. Joe Francis told the Sun: "Mr Bermudez seems to have put his foot in it. He's a new guy and this is quite absurd."

Fellow hotel-owner Monica Shroeder ("a German", the Sun significantly notes) was more forthright. She thundered: "The guy's an idiot." ®

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