Some people with a natural speech impediment make efforts to cover it up.

But Winston Churchill came to value his as a vital weapon in the war effort.

In his wartime radio broadcasts, Churchill's distinctive voice was instantly recognisable. He wanted it to stay that way, so he had his dentures designed specifically to preserve his lisp.

They were made by a young dental technician called Derek Cudlipp, and a set of the dentures has been in his family since Churchill's death - but are being auctioned on Thursday.

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