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Rat, rabbit or fish, it's a prizewinner.

PENSIONER Shirley Grant didn't have the solution to a fishy riddle set by a Coventry supermarket - but she knew a man who might.

She asked her fisherman husband and has won a Christmas treat for the couple.

Shirley, aged 65, of Princethorpe Way, Ernesford Grange, was the only person to provide the correct answer when Morrisons ran a contest on National Fish Day, asking customers to put a name to a strange fish on display in its Skipworth Road store in Binley.

She realised that the fish actually had two names.

"We saw a picture of it in the Evening Telegraph and could not decide what it was, so we looked it up in one of my husband's fishing books. We found that it was called either a ratfish or rabbitfish."

Thousands of people entered the contest but Shirley was the only person who knew it could be called by either name.

"I was surprised to have won but even more so when Morrisons told me I was the only one in the country to give the fish both its names," said Shirley.

The competition was to help raise awareness of the Fishermen's Mission, which cares for the widows and children of fishermen lost at sea.

Mrs Grant won a side of fresh salmon.

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