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Giant coffin for ex-tallest man

An enormous coffin measuring almost 8ft long carried by eight pallbearers was today used to lay Britain's former tallest man to rest.

Christopher Greener, who died last month aged 71, held the title for four decades and was a towering 7ft 6in - with his growth only stopping due to surgery.

His body was placed in a coffin adapted for his height, which required eight pallbearers to manage both its length and Mr Greener's 30-stone frame.

At 7ft 10in in length, the coffin only narrowly fitted into the hearse, according to the funeral directors.

Mourners attended the ceremony at St Mary's Cemetery in Hayes, Bromley, where he was buried in a double plot close to his former home.

Matthew Uden, from W. Uden and Sons funeral directors, said: "The funeral went very well with some beautiful things being said about his life and antics, I am sure that he would have been pleased with his send off.

"Mr Greener was an extremely tall chap and we had eight coffin bearers to carry him in to the church as opposed to the usual four or six."

Among the mourners were members of the Tall Cub of Great Britain including Sharran Alexander, the only female Sumo wrestler in the UK, and fellow actor Ross Sambridge.

Mr Sambridge, who is 7ft 1in, said: "He was a great guy, a real gent."

Suffering from a condition known as pituitary gigantism, a tumour on Mr Greener's pituitary gland caused him to grow far above average height from a young age.

It was not until he was a record-holding, 7ft 4in 27-year-old that he was finally diagnosed with the condition and underwent surgery to stop his staggering growth.

Mr Greener held the title of world's tallest man for the next 40 years and enjoyed a spell as an international basketball player for Great Britain in the 1960s and 70s.

His height also afforded him acting roles in cinematic classics such as The Elephant Man, in which he played the circus giant.

In 2007 he finally lost the tallest man title to 7ft 7in Neil Fingleton.

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