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BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Luke Deal makes it into Guinness Book of Records

PUBLISHED: 17:55 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:09 07 September 2017

Luke Deal with his Guiness World Record ceritificate. Picture: LUKE DEAL

Luke Deal with his Guiness World Record ceritificate. Picture: LUKE DEAL


An Ipswich radio presenter and lifelong ABBA fan has made it into the Guinness Book of Records.

BBC Radio Suffolk’s Luke Deal, who lives in Colchester, recognised 15 songs by the Swedish pop group within just 60 seconds live on air.

He competed against nine other DJs at radio stations across the country but was a frontrunner from the start – managing to identify several songs in the first few seconds.

Now his name and record has been printed in the official book.

Reacting to the news, he said: “I am just completely gobsmacked.

“I never expected to be in the actual book – as I said on air earlier today the only book I’ve ever been in is the phone book so I’m over the moon.

“I’ve been a big fan ever since 1976 – I didn’t do much research for the challenge because I know most of the song lyrics.

“But I never expected to win.”

Popular hits Dancing Queen and I Have a Dream were among Luke’s correct answers.

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