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Football legend Gerry is still planning to renew vows at beach idyll

By Claire McNeilly

Northern Ireland football legend Gerry Armstrong has revealed that he's having second thoughts about renewing his wedding vows in Thailand following this week's deadly attacks.

The popular sports pundit recalled how he and Debby tied the knot in Bangkok 11 years ago before travelling to the popular seaside city of Hua Hin for an idyllic beach ceremony.

Former international striker Armstrong also spoke of his horror in the wake of 11 blasts within 18 hours in cities and resort towns across southern Thailand, which left at least four people dead and dozens more wounded.

All of the explosions south of Bangkok and several of the blasts - including three in Hua Hin and one on Patong beach in the tourist resort of Phuket - appeared to be designed to strike at the tourism industry.

The father-of-two daughters - Caitlin (16) and nine-year-old Marianna - with 40-year-old restaurant owner Debby said he was deeply shocked to hear of the trouble in a place which will always be close to the couple's hearts.

"It's always very troubling when you hear people have lost their lives in orchestrated attacks and it's very hard to get your head around, especially in a country like Thailand which is famed for its friendliness and hospitality," he said.

"I can understand how it would make some people think twice about going there. It's even more difficult when it emerges that a country is being specifically targeted because it is a popular tourist destination."

Despite his concerns, Armstrong (61) said that he and Debby would almost probably stick to their original plan to renew their vows in Hua Hin next summer.

"We have been talking about doing it for the last couple of years so it's about time we took some action and put it into the diary," he said.

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