‘Many people’ will mourn passing of gentle giant

Christopher Greener with Peter Hemmerman (right) and Keith Lowe.
Christopher Greener with Peter Hemmerman (right) and Keith Lowe.

The deputy mayor of Market Weighton has paid tribute to the UK’s former tallest man, who has died, aged 71.

Gentle giant Christopher Greener, who grew to be 7ft 6ins and weighed up to 30 stone, attended a number of Market Weighton’s annual Giant Bradley Day celebrations since the event began in 1996.

Deputy mayor, councillor Peter Hemmerman, says “many people in the town will mourn his passing.”

He added: “When the Giant Bradley Day was first conceived by the Market Weighton Chamber of Trade, it was decided to contact Chris Greener, who was then listed in the Guiness Book of Record as England’s tallest ever man. We contacted him via the publishers and he agreed to attend for a very small fee. He continued to come every year for several years and was well known to many local people who greeted him every year at the event.

“Despite his size Chris was a very friendly and gentle man who was always happy to have his picture taken or talk to the media and always had a happy disposition.”

The Giant Bradley Day is held to celebrate the life of Market Weighton’s most famous ‘son’, William Bradley. William was born in Market Weighton in 1787 and died in 1820. He is still the tallest man Britain has ever seen, standing at a staggering 7ft 9in tall.

The Giant Bradley Day has not been held since 2012, but the town has held a Giant Community Day for the last two years, organsied by the Market Weighton Town Team to help boost trade on the High Street.