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What a mixture, but it's so very friendly; Celebrity faces put to the test in Yorkshire survey.

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News Correspondent A COMBINATION of Russell Brand's eyes, Gordon Ramsay's nose and Vernon Kay's lips would make the friendliest face in Britain, say researchers. Images of the UK's friendliest male and female faces, combining the features of 14 celebrities, were produced after a survey commissioned by the Yorkshire Tourist Board found that people thought a friendly face was the most welcoming greeting.

Each face has seven key characteristics which epitomise friendliness; full lips, a square jaw, low-set eyebrows, magnetic eyes, a slightly rounded nose, a sloped-back forehead and rounded features.

Naomi Tickle, a 'face reader', worked with the tourist board to create the two composite, electronic images using It found that 79% thought a friendly face was most welcoming, with 10% finding a handshake the best greeting. The most off-putting welcomes were a grumpy face and bad breath, each gaining 26% of the vote. The survey also revealed that 18% thought people from Yorkshire gave the warmest welcome to strangers. They were followed by the Scots at 14% and Geordies with13% Wales, Birminghamand and Manchester were perceived as the unfriendliest regions, with only 3% of the vote.

Joanna Royle, the tourist board's marketing director, said: "We are delighted to have come top of the table for our friendly and warmwelcome.

"Because a friendly face is the top most welcoming trait we wanted to see what the UK's most friendly face might look like.

"We involved Naomi to put a bit of science behind the search, but there was an element of fun to our research.

"At the end of the day a smile goes a long way to welcoming a visitor, no matter what your face shape."

To see Britain's Friendliest Faces go to www.yorkshire.com/face

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WELCOMING FACES: Images from the Yorkshire Tourist Board of the friendliest male and female faces; Russell Brand's eyes, Gordon Ramsay's nose and Vernon Kay's lips would make the friendliest man's face, while for women it is Kirsty Gallacher's lips, Claudia Winkleman's nose and Dannii Minogue's eyes
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 31, 2007
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