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Necklace containing John Lennon's DNA at Greyholme Dental Suite in Bishop's Cleeve

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

  • far out man: Warren Martin, from the Greyholme Dental Suite in Bishop's Cleeve, with a tooth necklace, containing DNA from a tooth from Beatle John Lennon

  • Warren with Liz Outlaw, Leanne Butler and, seated, Laura Watson

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'IMAGINE all the people living oral cancer free' – not the exact lyrics of the John Lennon classic, but the music legend has still helped raise awareness of the disease.

That's because a necklace containing DNA from a tooth of the Scouse songster is currently on tour around the UK to raise awareness of oral cancer.

The silver peace sign pendant was at Greyholme Dental Suite in Bishop's Cleeve yesterday, and staff there donned 60s gear to get in the spirit.

They offered free oral cancer checks as part of the nationwide Give Teeth a Chance campaign to root out the cancer.

Clinic receptionist Margaret Brown said: "It has been very exciting to have a part of John Lennon in the clinic, but also quite strange."

Lennon's DNA was put into the necklace after a dentist bought one of his molars in an auction. The necklace is on loan to the campaign.

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