Finalists announced in Red7’s hunt for Britain’s best best man

07 Sep 2017

The seven national finalists of Red7’s hunt for Britain’s best best man have been unveiled

Photo: Alvin Mahmudov / Unsplash 

Stag and hen travel expert company Red7 has searched far and wide to uncover Britain’s best best man; now, the seven national finalists have been revealed. Dubbed the ‘Magnificent Seven’, the list of finalists consists of the competition’s regional winners from across the county.

From overcoming the adversity of a family death to sourcing two giant tortoises for a tortoise-loving friend’s wedding, each best man had to prove he had gone the extra mile. With hundreds of entries, competition was tough amongst proud grooms wanting to shout about their mate’s efforts and best men who thought they deserved the title.

Judges were looking for a best man with a host of gentlemanly qualities, such as diplomacy and loyalty, as well a fun and entertaining side. The regional winners were chosen based on instances where they went above and beyond for the groom. The final seven will attend a luxury event in Brighton on 22nd September, where ‘Britain’s Best Best Man’ will be crowned.

The full list of national finalists is: 

  • John Paterson; Bathgate, Scotland
  • Dan Loughlin; Wrexham, Wales
  • Jonathan Dark; Middlesbrough, North East
  • Craig Boardman; Liverpool, North West
  • Spencer Broughton; Leicester, Midlands
  • Jonathan Shildrick; Reading, South East
  • Sean Keenan; Newton Abbott, South West

Ian Lucas, founder of Red7 commented: “During 20 years in business as the UK’s original specialist hen and stag party travel agent, we have seen the role of the best man change significantly. Gone are the days of organising a few pints down the groom’s local and cobbling together a stitch-up speech for the wedding day while nursing a hangover from the night before.

“Today’s best man is responsible for making sure the groom gets a terrific send off into married life, often with a two or three-day trip abroad. He then gets to play a starring role in the wedding itself, whether that’s a tear-jerking but hilarious speech, helping to choreograph the first dance, or simply making sure everything runs without a hitch. It’s a big job, but these seven guys have shown that they really made the role their own.

“Whittling down the entries was a tough task, but I’m confident that in these final seven we have the nation’s very finest examples of what a best man should be. I can’t wait to crown the winner.”

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