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Solomon Kendrick, Top Banana 2017

- Solomon Kendrick from Hove crowned Top Banana at live Grand Final -

Seeing off stiff competition in a tense and nerve-wracking word game grand final at London’s Magic Circle on Saturday (30 April), eleven-year-old Solomon Kendrick of Aldrington CE Primary School in Hove, has beaten 50,000 other children to be crowned Top Banana at the 2017 BANANAGRAMS Challenge.

This was Solomon’s second attempt at being crowned Top Banana, as he also made the final in 2016. This year, he sailed through three rounds of the addictive anagram game, BANANAGRAMS, before taking to the main theatre stage in a nail-biting last game against two other children.

“I can’t believe it,” said Solomon, having scooped the trophy and £1,000 for his school. “I was so relieved just to get through the semi final so it was amazing to win. My letters at the start of the final were quite easy. I...

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