University counsellor who stands at a towering 7ft 1in

A university counsellor who stands at a staggering 7ft 1in struggles to fit in aeroplane seats - but drives around in a tiny smart car. 

Lydon Sutcliffe, 32, makes his colleagues laugh each morning when he drives into work after squeezing his huge frame into his mother's 60-inch high Smart Fortwo.

The friendly giant says he was mocked tirelessly as a boy for being so tall - after hitting 6ft when he was just ten - but his struggles have pushed him to help others.

Mr Sutcliffe splits his time between his jobs as a disability support worker, a university counsellor and studying psychotherapy.

Lydon Sutcliffe, 32, makes his colleagues laugh each morning when he drives into work after squeezing his 7ft 1in frame into his mother's 60-inch high Smart Fortwo

Lydon Sutcliffe, 32, makes his colleagues laugh each morning when he drives into work after squeezing his 7ft 1in frame into his mother's 60-inch high Smart Fortwo

He has also appeared as an extra in blockbuster Rogue One and as a body double in Solo: A Star Wars story.

But Mr Sutcliffe gets funny looks when he drives around Blackpool, Lancashire, where he lives, as he travels in the tiny £16k 2016-model smart.

His Nissan Navara pickup truck broke down sometime in 2016 which left him with no choice but to drive his mother's Smart - and he's loved driving it ever since.

Mr Sutcliffe said: 'I bought the Smart four years ago for my mum because she needed a car.

'At the time I was driving a Nissan Navara pick up truck but it broke down and I thought I'd try to drive the Smart - and I fit. So I said why not?

'Everyone keeps asking me when I'm going to get a bigger car but it's actually comfortable.

Pictured: Lydon Sutcliffe and Colette Halstead

Pictured: Lydon Sutcliffe and Colette Halstead

The friendly giant says he was mocked tirelessly as a boy for being so tall - after hitting 6ft when he was just ten - but his struggles have pushed him to help others (Pictured: Sutcliffe and 5ft 1in Colette Halstead)

His Nissan Navara pickup truck broke down sometime in 2016 which left him with no choice but to drive his mother's Smart - and he's loved driving it ever since

His Nissan Navara pickup truck broke down sometime in 2016 which left him with no choice but to drive his mother's Smart - and he's loved driving it ever since

'When I get on planes it's always a struggle because I have to buy extra seats or sit on Business Class just to fit. My legs always stick out.

'But I've got no issues with the smart. It's like driving a go-kart for me and it's a convertible so I do enjoy sticking my head out.

'People always do double takes when they see me in it, just because of how goofy it is - but I love it.'

The former Wimbledon groundskeeper became a support worker five years ago but said it's been his lifelong ambition to help people in need.

Mr Sutcliffe, who claims to be able to hug 20 people at once, said: 'I think it's so important we talk about our issues

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