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Cliff sings curry house's praises

Hank Marvin, Avi Malik, Sir Cliff Richard
Marvin and Richard visited after a Shadows reunion show

Sir Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin have visited a Tyneside Indian restaurant following a Shadows reunion show.

Sir Cliff and guitarist Marvin popped into Raval Restaurant on Newcastle Gateshead Quayside after their show at the Newcastle Arena.

Sir Cliff, who was born in India, ate the Lucknow rogan josh - a dish typical to the area where he once lived.

The restaurant's owners said Sir Cliff told them it was the best he had tasted.

Manager Avi Malik said it was special to get such praise from someone who knew so much about Indian cuisine.

Mr Malik said: "Sir Cliff said he eats in places all over the world but our Indian food was real Indian food, the best he had ever tasted, and it was a treat to be here."

Sir Cliff and Hank Marvin also tucked into lobster and mango, and dehi bela - lentil "doughnuts" in yoghurt and coriander.

The two were invited to look around the kitchen to watch food being prepared.

Hank Marvin, who is originally from Newcastle, but now lives in Australia, spoke to staff about the positive changes that had taken place in his home town.

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