Red7 Blogs , September 26, 2017
After a long and gruelling competition, where Best Men from all over the UK battled it out to the top, Sean Keenan from Stokeinteignhead in Devon, is officially the Nation’s Best BEST Man, 2017.
When asked how the judges came to a final decision, Ian Lucas, the ‘King of Stags’ and founder of Red7 said: “The number and quality of entries to the Best Best Man competition was fantastic, but Sean really showed how important a first rate Best Man can be. He went the extra mile, and then some, and is a very worthy winner.” 3 of the regional winners and Best BEST Man finalists attended the crowning ceremony, where they hit the town for a VIP night out hosted by the ‘King of Stags’ himself.
Nominated by groom Thom Brown, Sean was a first time Best Man and will never take up the job again. Having won this competition, Sean wants to leave his unblemished Best Man record firmly intact.
Despite being a first-timer, Sean went above and beyond from the get-go to ensure that his mate had the perfect wedding experience. Starting with the stag do Sean organised a long weekend in Amsterdam for all the lads, including a private booth to watch the Joshua v Klitschko fight… and when one of the party missed his flight home, it was Sean who organised, and footed the bill for his safe return.
Then when disaster hit less than 24 hours before the wedding, Sean saved the day a second time. The suit hire firm had ‘lost’ the bridal party’s suits, so Sean drove the two-hour roundtrip to the tailor’s multiple times in a day to find a solution, securing upgraded replacement suits for the entire party.
Sean’s efforts are all the more outstanding considering that he was raising money for family charity ifightforjames, in support of children with muscular dystrophy, and training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity MDUK at the same time. The charities are causes close to Sean’s heart as all three of his sons have been diagnosed with the condition.
In fact, Sean was unable to attend the official Britain’s Best Best Man announcement in person, as he was on his way to Kilimanjaro base camp ready to begin his charity climb, instead, Sean joined the event via FaceTime.
After being named the winner, Sean said: “This really means a lot to me, for different reasons. I have put myself through a lot this year with training for this climb and other things going on outside of being a Best Man. So, to be nominated by somebody I genuinely respect and admire was very flattering. Being a Best Man is not a joke the way it used to be – just getting hammered the night before and turning up with the price tags still on your shoes. For me, there was an element of responsibility to the bride and groom, being as you only get one go at it.”
Thom added: “Sean made sure our day went exactly as planned, whilst injecting humour into the entire event. His dedication to us on the day and in preceding weeks was miraculous for someone with so much going on. He even took time out of his training for climbing Kilimanjaro to help make our wedding perfect. He really does deserve this award and being able to put him forward has allowed me to give back a tiny amount of what he gave us on our special day.”
We wish Sean luck on his Kilimanjaro climb!
Thanks to everyone that entered the 2017 competition. If you think you know someone worthy of this award, keep a look out for our 2018 nominations that will open next Summer…