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Whistler is world's best
David Morris, World Whistling Champion
Mr Morris competed against 48 other whistlers

A man from Greater Manchester has blown away the competition to become the world whistling champion.

David Morris, from Dobcross in Saddleworth, is celebrating his success in the 30th World Whistling Championships in the United States.

Mr Morris entered after his wife Helen spotted the contest on the internet - and decided he would be the perfect contender.

He puckered up for pole position with a classical violin piece and the "Stars and Stripes Forever March" - an all-American audience pleaser.

"The odds were against me with so many America competitiors and American adjudicators," Mr Morris said.

"I was a bit nervous, but I managed to control it and brought the house down."

The championships took place at the International Whistlers' Convention in Louisburg, North Carolina.

Mr Morris has already made a CD of his whistling, backed by a brass band, and says a recording contract would be a "dream come true".

David Morris on BBC North West Tonight
"I brought the house down"

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