Evergreen pop star SIR Cliff Richard had to work hard for his impressive smile after a childhood accident threatened to wreck his looks.

The 63-year-old Brit was just seven when he got his two front teeth caught in another's child clothing at his school in India, and had them pulled out.

He laughs, "When I grew new ones they stuck out like a rabbit's and my father's advice was, 'Keep sucking them in, lad!'

"So I did and it's left me with straight teeth - and an annoying habit."

12/11/2003 02:09