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Dynamic duo take superhero names

A dynamic duo are thought to have flown into the record books by changing their names to mark their love of superheroes.

The names, now thought be the world's longest, were the brainchild of best friends Kelvin Borbidge, 22, and Daniel Knox-Hewson, 23, both from Nottingham.

The duo changed their names to Emperor Spiderman Gandalf Wolverine Skywalker Optimus Prime Goku Sonic Xavier Ryu Cloud Superman HeMan Batman Thrash and Baron Venom Balrog Sabretooth Vader Megatron Vegeta Robotnik Magneto Bison Sephiroth Lex Luthor Skeletor Joker Grind.

The pair changed their names with the Legal Deed Poll Service for £10 each earlier this week, and knocked 19-year-old George Garratt off the top spot for the longest moniker in the UK after he changed his name to Captain Fantastic Faster than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk and the Flash Combined.

Emperor Thrash, formerly Mr Knox-Hewson, said: "We decided to change our names because we were bored of our day-to-day lives and wanted to do something that reflected our true personalities. We couldn't believe how easy it was to do, we just had to fill in a few forms and we were granted superhero status.

"The first name and surname were to simply put my awesomeness into words. I then combined the names of all the greatest heroes known to man and added them as my middle names to show that I am super-serious. We have truly blown George Garratt's name out of the water."

Baron Grind, formerly Kelvin Borbidge, said he enjoyed telling his colleagues at the pub where he works about his new title .

He said: "The look on my area manger's face when he asked why my till now said 'Baron' was priceless. Our families were shocked and thought that we were crazy.

"At this moment in time, I am looking forward to changing my name on my bank card, I wonder how they will fit it all on."

Tina Clough from the Legal Deed Poll Service said: "We receive many crazy name changes, but these are the longest names on record that we have processed to date. Many customers are surprised how easy and quick the process is and it is a fantastic conversation starter."

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