By Aliki Kraterou
The UK’s tallest man is finally getting his first suit- after spending years unable to find one big enough for him.
Former Harlem Globetrotters basketball player, Paul ‘Tiny’ Sturgess, 30, stands at an impressive 7ft 7ins and has been trying to find a tailor that would make him a suit in his size his whole life.
Eventually Paul, from Loughborough, managed to find Tim Nash from Norton and Townsend tailoring in London who gladly agreed to make him a suit which would fit.
Paul is attending the wedding of his close friend Luis Taylor on Friday [October 5] in Atherstone, Warwickshire, which is why he needed the suit.
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.
“When I lived in the USA, it was so much easier, I did a lot of shopping online and there are more sizes available.
“Apart from the suit, I have had a custom made bed and golf clubs – I wouldn’t say I have had trouble with anything else.
“I am very grateful, especially since I have been struggling to find someone to do the job.
“I am very excited and I am really looking forward to wear my new suit.”
The £1,500 three piece suit, made in medium grey wool, it is a size 19 and takes twice the amount of fabric a regular man would need.
Although it is not uncommon for people to stop Paul in the street to talk to him, he said ‘nine times out of ten’ the comments are positive.
He said it is not often people make him feel uncomfortable as he says usually children are the most impressed.
Paul says he never had any issue being tall and he likes that people always want to take a picture with him.
He was also recognised as the ‘Tallest Professional Basketball Player in the world’ by the Guinness World Records in 2011.
Paul, who has been back in the UK since last year and now gives motivational speeches at schools across the country, 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.”