An eight-year-old Catholic primary school pupil received a huge surprise when his hero, Declan Donnelly, one half of TV duo Ant and Dec, told him that he loved a story he had written about the popular presenting team.
Eight-year-old William Potts, a Year 4 pupil at Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic primary school in Peterlee, wrote a story for a writing activity about Ant and Dec on a desert island. William’s teacher, Sarah Howells, sent the story to popular Geordie Declan ‘Dec’ Donnelly, who recorded a video, congratulating William for the ‘fantastic work.’
The I’m a Celeb and Saturday Night Takeaway presenter was filmed reading William’s story-and delivered his seal of approval.
“I’ve just finished reading your story about Ant and Dec-me- on the desert island with the helicopter,” Dec told William.
“I absolutely loved it. I thought it was absolutely brilliant, amazing, fantastic work. I’m going to give it 10 out of 10, and I’m going to sign it as well.”
“I can’t wait to read your next one. Keep up the good work and keep working hard,” Dec added.
William was delighted to receive the comments in the video. “I was really shocked and really impressed. I was honoured to get the video,” he said.
Sarah Howells explained how William’s story managed to reach Dec Donnelly.
“Dec is my partner’s relative and, at a family gathering, I mentioned how one of my children had written a lovely story about him and Ant,” she said.
“He was keen to read it and suggested making a video to show him how much he thought of the story.”
She also shared the effect the video had on other pupils.
“It was amazing to be able to give a child this experience,” Sarah said.
“It was great to see how much it inspired the children to want to write more. The class was so excited for him, and it was great to see his face after he watched the video.”