Sunday 29th May was “Giant Bradley Day” in the town of Market Weighton in East Yorkshire, England.
The day is an annual celebration of the life of William Bradley, who at 7 feet 9 inches, is the tallest recorded British man who ever lived, and is popularly known as The Yorkshire Giant. According to Andrew Swalwell’s giantbradley.co.uk, “At birth William weighed 14lbs and at the age of 11 he weighed 11 stones. At 19 he weighed 27 stones and was 7ft 9ins in height. His stockings measured 3ft 9ins, his walking stick 5ft 10in and his shoes were 15ins long and 5.5ins wide.”
By chance, I happened to be in Market Weighton during the “Giant Bradley Day” celebrations and wrote the following, fanciful poetry-doodle while I was there.
Meet Giant Bradley,
outside the doorway
he cannot fit through,
so his house is made of curtains
for this reason.
His feet are bigger
of your feet;
If you meet him,
he’ll shake your head by the hand –
in the room that’s much too small
Meet to discuss speciality tailoring and
prepare to be surprised.
Giant Bradley died at 33
years of age.