It's Your Shout!

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Byline: RICHARD PEARCE

BRITS ABROAD: Can we control the yob element?

IT'S that time of year when everyone rushes to the travel agents to book a summer place in the sun.

RICHARD PEARCE asked Coventry students to name their best and worst holiday destination - and what they would do to stop yobbish Brits from spoiling the fun abroad.

RICHARD PARSONS, AGED 16

HOME: Richard lives with mum Cecilia, a teacher, dad Colin, who works for Siemens, and sister Sarah, aged 17, who is studying A-levels at Whitley Abbey Comprehensive School, Coventry.

SCHOOL: Whitley Abbey Comprehensive, Coventry.

EXAMS: Studying A-level theatre studies, sociology, English, IT.

AMBITION/CAREER CHOICE: Acting.

INTERESTS: Music, running

FAVOURITE DESTINATION: South of France

WORST DESTINATION: Britain.

RICHARD'S VERDICT: After the Euro 2000 fiasco, in which the Brits behaved far from well, I wouldn't be surprised if foreigners don't see us as the perfect tourists. However, I think they would have to be pretty narrow- minded to base their whole perception of us on that.

Most British tourists who go abroad do so because they want to get away from their lives here and relax for a week or two, and do not seem to find it necessary to cause trouble.

Also, other countries should welcome the income tourists from Britain bring them, which I am sure is much more than the losses they have suffered due to damage caused by the unrepresentative few.

KAMALJIT SHANKERWALIA, AGED 16

HOME: Kamaljit lives with mum Geeta.

SCHOOL: Sidney Stringer Community Technology College.

EXAMS: Studying A-level biology, English literature and sociology.

INTERESTS: Reading, writing poems, listening to music, going out and watching TV.

AMBITION/CAREER CHOICE: University studying a media-related course, then a one-year English and drama teaching course.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION: Greece

WORST DESTINATION: England

KAMALJIT'S VERDICT: When you are asked to think about how British people are perceived abroad, an image of loud, unpleasant, rude people is conjured up in some minds. One reason for this may be the football hooligans who gave the Brits a bad name last year.

I think that most Brits work hard all year round and when it's time for their holiday, they want to relax and unwind. A few Brits may unwind a bit too much by drinking excessively, resulting in inappropriate behaviour.

I feel, however, that only a minority behave in this way and the majority are then labelled and perceived in the same way. This is not a fair perspective. To change this, the people of Britain should show the rest of the world that we do not find this kind of behaviour acceptable.

HALIMA JUSSAB, AGED 17

HOME: Halima lives with dad Abdul Majid and mum Janida.

SCHOOL: Sidney Stringer Community Technology College.

EXAMS: Studying A-level, maths, art, IT.

INTERESTS: Sports, music, shopping, working with ITC, taking part in projects.

AMBITION/CAREER HOPES: Hoping to go to University and start a BSc degree in computing or network computing.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION: Orlando, Florida.

WORST DESTINATION: Britain.

HALIMA'S VERDICT: I feel that the British people are perceived as hooligans and alcoholics when they go on holiday abroad. One reason for this may be because of the quite recent situation concerning the England fans and their behaviour abroad.

I know that England fans were proud of their team, but I feel that sometimes they took it too far and as a result of this they caused trouble and chaos.

When they do this I feel it is a shame that they are letting everybody else in Britain down.

This kind of situation cannot be resolved by the police, but only by those who create the damage. …