Tuesday's Pick: Daniel Lambert Day
They called him a "prodigy in nature". A Leicester man "possessed of an exalted and convivial mind". "In personal greatness," they noted, "he had no competitor."
Who were they talking about?
Nope, not the bloke who started Walkers Crisps but Daniel Lambert: Leicester's celebrated colossus.
Those fine words are inscribed on his gravestone in Stamford, the Lincolnshire town which has rather cheekily tried to claim him as one of its own after the big man died there on a trip to the races in 1809. But we all know he was Leicester through and through.
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And who among us hasn't nipped in to Newarke Houses Museum to let out a low whistle and a "cor" at his huge trousers?
Fat Dan, who measured three feet one inch round the leg and weighed 52 stone eleven pounds when he died at 39, has long been one of the city's most cherished icons.
Leicester's Castle Park Festival is staging a Daniel Lambert Day today, marking the 200th anniversary of his death,
It promises crafty stuff like badge making workshops. You can meet the man himself too, and have a go at a Daniel Lambert competition. That may involve eating.
Daniel Lambert Day is at Newarke Houses Museum from 11am to 3.30pm. Ring 0116 225 4980.