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Lyric etched on Peel's gravestone

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A line from John Peel's favourite song has been etched on his gravestone.

The Undertones' 1978 debut single Teenage Kicks, which the BBC DJ admitted reduced him to tears, was played at his funeral.

His family has now had the lyric "teenage dreams so hard to beat" sculpted on his headstone, which has just been erected in St Andrew's Church in the Suffolk village of Great Finborough.

The grave also features the emblem of Liverpool football club.

Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey said he was "flattered" that Peel had wanted the lyric as part of his epitaph.

Peel's widow Sheila Ravenscroft said: "We have put the words on the stone that he would've wanted. I wouldn't dare do anything else!"

The father-of-four was Radio 1's longest-serving DJ. He died in October 2004 at the age of 65.

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