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Is this the best best man speech ever?

Scared he would break down and cry in front of all the guest at his brother's wedding Paul Birkett from Bury thought up an original way of getting out of public speaking.

Just as he got up to deliver the speech he pretended to have lost it and ran out of the room. That's when the guests were shown this:

The Manchester Evening News reports that Paul spent nine months crafting this surprise video for his brother Rob and it even includes a trip to Thailand and a message from Manchester City Star Pablo Zabaleta.

In the video Paul swims from a paradise beach in Thailand right the way to Blackpool Credit: Paul Birkett

The video starts with Paul apparently running from the venue, flying to Thailand, swimming back to Blackpool then running through snow covered landscapes right back to Ramsbottom where the family are from - dressed only in his pants.

Paul then runs all the way back to Ramsbottom in his pants Credit: Paul Birkett

Finally, having pretended to remember where he had left his speech, Paul was shown riding a tiny bike back to the venue - and received a standing ovation as he rode the same bike back into the room.

The message from Pablo Zabaleta, made after months of requests to Man City, only arrived the night before the wedding, meaning some last-minute editing for Paul. But it was the icing on the cake for lifelong Blues fan Rob, who has had a season ticket for 23 years.