Britain’s tallest man has finally got his first ever suit – at 30 years old.
Basketball player Paul ‘Tiny’ Sturgess, who stands at an impressive 7ft 7ins, has spent years unable to find a suit big enough to fit him.
But after struggling to find a tailor to make him a three-piece in his size, he eventually managed to track down a London-based one.
Tim Nash, of Norton and Townsend tailoring, took on the challenge – using twice the amount of fabric a regular man would need for a suit.
And Paul is thrilled with the £1,500 product.
Paul ‘Tiny’ Sturgess, 30, gets measured up for his new suit by tailor Tim Nash
Tim took on the challenge – using twice the amount of fabric a regular man would need for a suit
And Paul, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, is thrilled with the £1,500 product
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The former Harlem Globetrotters player, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, said he is "really looking forward" to wearing the first suit of his life.
He will don the piece, made in medium grey wool, for the upcoming wedding of his close friend Luis Taylor in Atherstone, Warwickshire.
He said: "I have always struggled a lot finding someone to make me a suit. I reached out to a few people but no one was up for it.
“It has been tedious and it took me quite a while, but Tim agreed straight away.
“I have never had a suit in my life. I went to my best friend’s wedding with trousers and a shirt. I was still dressed smartly, but everyone needs a suit."
He added: “I am very grateful, especially since I have been struggling to find someone to do the job.
The former Harlem Globetrotters player said he is "really looking forward" to wearing the first suit of his life
He will don the piece, made in medium grey wool, for a close pal’s wedding
In 2011, Paul was recognised as the ‘Tallest Professional Basketball Player in the world’ by the Guinness World Records
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"I am very excited and I am really looking forward to wear my new suit."
The three-piece suit is a size 19.
Although it is not uncommon for people to stop Paul in the street to talk to him, he said ‘nine times out of 10’ the comments are positive.
He said people don’t often make him feel uncomfortable .
And children, he said, are the most impressed.
The basketball player never had any issue with being tall and likes that people always want to take a picture with him.
However, shopping for a suit proved difficult.
Paul now gives motivational speeches at schools across the UK
He is pictured as a child
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“When I lived in the USA, it was so much easier, I did a lot of shopping online and there are more sizes available," he said.
“Apart from the suit, I have had a custom-made bed and golf clubs."
In 2011, Paul was recognised as the ‘Tallest Professional Basketball Player in the world’ by the Guinness World Records.
He has been back in the UK since last year and now gives motivational speeches at schools across the country.
He said: "I really enjoy it, the kids are always amazed by my height. Their parents are always contacting me on social media to thank me.
“I want to have a positive impact on children, I want them to know that it’s OK to be different. It’s nice to know I have inspired them.”