The grieving family of a 7ft 2in man from Stoke-on-Trent have been told his coffin is too long to fit into local crematoriums.
Relatives of Graham Mellor - the "gentle giant" - now face a 35-mile journey from North Staffordshire to a larger crematorium near Burton-on-Trent.
Mr Mellor died a fortnight ago aged 72. His coffin is a total length of 7ft 9in.
The borough council passes its condolences to the family and is very sorry it can't accommodate their wishes. This is an extraordinary case and something we've never seen before.
The family of Mr Mellor have arranged a local funeral service and will attend his crematorium at Bretby, near Burton, the following day.
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