A centenarian has been officially recognised as the oldest best man at a wedding – at the age of 102.
Farmer Dan Clement – who is only SEMI-retired – broke the world record after organising a stag do that involved drinking shots of whisky.
He also had wedding guests in stitches with a traditionally funny speech featuring a series of jokes about a ploughman and his cows.
Dan agreed to the honour for lifelong friend, Alex ‘Sandy’ Little, and his bride Sue, who got married in June.
The happy couple said there was no other choice for best man and age was never a consideration for them.
Old Dan was finally presented with his Guinness World Records certificate during a during a festive party at Dunjop Nursing Home last Sunday.
The previous record holder was Ronal Hornby who was 96 when he served as best man in 2014.
Dan, who has two children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild, was a best man once before in the 1940s – and was happy to take up the role again.
Heather Dodds, 77, who is Dan’s long-standing friend and carer, said: “It was a wonderful day.
“The minister presented it to him with a bottle of Guinness which was a nice touch. The whole thing was lovely.
“Dan has been in the home for a while now but he’s still quite a character. He even taught himself to walk again. At that age it’s very rare that you get your legs back.
“I still take him out for wee drives or home to the house for the day. He’s doing fine.”
Back in June, widower Dan said: “I’ve known Sandy for a very long time.
“When he asked me to be his best man I said I would be delighted, and it went from there. I was quite happy to be asked.
“We had the stag do in the house here, and we all attended. We didn’t have entertainment; we just had a whisky or two.
“I didn’t think much about the record, but it was quite funny. I was just happy to be Sandy’s best man.
“The whole occasion was fantastic, I had a great time at the stag do, and doing the speech was great too. It was a great day.”
The traditional pre-wedding bash saw Dan drinking whisky around the kitchen table with the bride and groom and Heather.
For the best man’s speech Dan stuck to his farming roots, and told a witty anecdote about a novice farmer badly ploughing a field.
Alex and Sue live in St Austell, Cornwall but decided to get married in Scotland after meeting online.
Their wedding was attended by 14 guests with locals from the village in Bridge of Dee near Dumfries also filling the 50 capacity church.
Alex, a retired policeman, said: “I’ve known Dan for most of my life, there was no other choice for best man, it had to be Dan.
“It doesn’t matter if he was 120 or 102, it had to be Dan.
“We’re not bothered about the record, it was only pointed out to us at the wedding that he was the oldest best man. It doesn’t matter to us at all.”