Pupils at a West Bromwich school got a surprise guest for their morning assembly - Little Britain funnyman and Britain’s Got Talent judge, David Walliams.
Youngsters at Hargate Primary School, on Hargate Lane, were surprised to find the comedian take the place of their headteacher yesterday.
The visit had been organised by MP Tom Watson, who met Walliams through his work at the Commons.
The star was in the area after the first day of auditions for Britain’s Got Talent kicked off in Birmingham. During the assembly, he answered the children’s questions and read from his latest book in a bid to encourage reading.
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Mr Watson said: “I have known David for a few years now and since he was up for the Britain’s Got Talent auditions I dropped him a note telling him all about Hargate School.
“David very quickly responded and said he would be delighted to come to the school and talk to the students.
“He was brilliant. He spoke to the students and read an extract from his book Gangsta Granny, doing all the characters himself. Then he did a question-and-answer session which the kids loved.
“One pupil asked him who he thinks about when he is writing villains and David said he’s often thinking about Simon Cowell, which was very funny.
“He has put reading back on the map. His books have sold millions of copies and it was fantastic for him to take the time out to share that with the kids.”
Walliams also donated his back catalogue of books to the school’s brand new library, as well as a copy of his new book, The Queen’s Orang-utan, which he is releasing for Comic Relief.
Headteacher, Andrew Orgill said: “We originally got involved with Tom after we sent a letter to him asking if we could take the student council down to the Houses of Parliament last year.
“He was happy to meet with us there and it was a fantastic day. After that he said he might be able to organise a bit of a surprise, which turned out to be David.
“It was a brilliant morning and David was great with the children. He told them all about his writing and reading and what joy it could bring them.
“I think if just one child picks up a book to read for pleasure after this it will have been a fantastic success.”