DAN’S THE BEST BEST MAN

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - MAR­CUS HUGHES Re­porter mar­cus.hughes@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MEET Wales’ best best man. From help­ing his friend Gawain Rogers to meet his wife to con­stantly pro­vid­ing sup­port to the cou­ple – and also or­gan­is­ing a sur­prise stag do for the groom in Prague, Dan Lough­lin went the ex­tra mile when it came to car­ry­ing out his duty.

And now, hav­ing been given the ti­tle of Wales’ best best man by stag and hen travel agent Red7, Dan is in the run­ning to be crowned Bri­tain’s best best man.

It was while on an evening out in Wrexham that Dan, 27, pointed to a woman across the bar who he’d no­ticed look­ing over at Gawain and told him: “You should talk to her.”

And six years later, Gawain walked down the aisle to meet his soon-to-be wife Lau­ren, who he’d met all those years ago thanks to Dan.

It was as a thanks for this and his years of sup­port that Gawain de­cided to nom­i­nate Dan for Bri­tain’s best best man in the on­line com­pe­ti­tion.

Now Dan is down to the fi­nal seven in the UK af­ter se­cur­ing the ti­tle of Wales’ best best man.

“He’s been there since begin­ning,” Gawain said.

“I lost my dad a few years ago and he was the first per­son who was there for me.

“He sup­ported ev­ery­thing in the wed­ding and did much more than he was asked to do. He was just im­mense.”

In March, Dan or­gan­ised Gawain’s stag week­end in Prague which he paid for along­side three other friends.

Gawain, who works as a war­fare spe­cial­ist in the Royal Navy, was told to book off the cor­rect time the and then taken friends.

When it came to the big day, Gawain said Dan was one of only a few peo­ple who knew the cou­ple were ex­pect­ing their first child.

“He knew she was preg­nant so made a huge ef­fort to make sure she was OK and com­fort­able,” Gawain said.

And when Gawain finds him­self away for work, he says Dan is al­ways there to check on Lau­ren and help when needed.

Dan said: “I try to help them be­cause he is more than happy to help oth­ers and put them first, so it is only right that he is the pri­or­ity once in a while.

“Lau­ren is equally as amaz­ing as she makes him so happy and puts up with his crazi­ness.” to the air­port by his

He added: “To know that he felt I had done a good job meant a lot to me. To know I have got down to the fi­nal seven and crowned best best man in Wales is ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble and is a mas­sive shock.”

Founder of Red7 Ian Lu­cas said: “To­day’s best man has a big job, but Dan and his fel­low fi­nal­ists have shown that they re­ally made the role their own.

“Whit­tling down the entries was a tough task.

“Dan has done Wales proud and set a fine ex­am­ple of what a best man should be. I wish him the best of luck for the fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Dan, along with the six other fi­nal­ists, will at­tend a lux­ury event in Brighton on September 22 where Bri­tain’s best best man will be re­vealed.

GAWAIN ROGERS

Wales’ Best Best Man Dan Lough­lin at the wed­ding of Gawain Rogers

Michael Glover, the best man Dan Lough­lin, Gawain Rogers, Daniel Jones and Matty Ed­wards

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