Dan Clement, a semi-retired farmer aged 102, not only set the record for being the old best man at a wedding, but also had the party in stitches with his speech about his farming life.
Dan, who had been asked by lifelong friend Alex Little, had also organised a classic stag do with shots of whisky being the order of the day, so that his buddy’s last days of single life were unforgettable.
Dan, who is originally from Scotland, said of the day:
“We don’t get to see each other often, but we see him when he comes to visit – which is roughly once a year. When he asked me to be his best man I said I would be delighted, and it went from there. I was quite happy to be asked.”
Dan beat the previous record holder Ronal Hornby by six years, and the happy couple were delighted in the little bit of history being made on their special day.
Naturally, not everyone can be record breakers during their happy day, but all weddings rely on those essential parts to make the proceedings special, such as the hiring of a top wedding photographer. Manchester itself though can surely boast many a sprightly centenarian, so who knows? Perhaps the record could someday come to the North West.
For Alex and his new wife Sue though, they were happy to get out of the spotlight and enjoy their honeymoon in Dumfries, Scotland, which happens also to be place where their record-breaking best man was raised.