Little Ant and Dec special guests at Ferryhill school

The Northern Echo: Little Ant (Neil Overend) and Little Dec (Haydn Reid) opened the newly refurbished nursery and reception area at Broom Cottages Primary and Nursery School in Ferryhill today Little Ant (Neil Overend) and Little Dec (Haydn Reid) opened the newly refurbished nursery and reception area at Broom Cottages Primary and Nursery School in Ferryhill today

THEY have interviewed celebrities, met the Prime Minister and star in one of the nation’s favourite television series.

But for Little Ant and Dec, officially opening a school’s new-look nursery and classroom today (Wednesday, January 15) was just as much of a thrill.

The boys- junior sidekicks to presenters Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway- were special guests at Broom Cottages Primary and Nursery School, in Ferryhill, County Durham.

Little Ant, aka Neil Overend, and Little Dec, Hayden Reid, cut a ribbon and released balloons to celebrate a £150,000 revamp of the school’s foundation stage and reception class facilities.

For seven-year-old Neil the engagement was particularly exciting as he attends Broom Cottages and enjoyed sharing his small screen alter ego with friends and showing his school to Haydn, six, from Gateshead.

Headteacher Sean Cavanagh said: “The refurbishment has enabled us to make better use of the space, go from 52 to 78 nursery children in response to high demand and transform the facilities completely.

“The new environment is more conducive to learning, links better to the rest of school and enthuses children.

“Standards are already beginning to rise as a result.

“The staff and pupils were patient through 12 weeks of work and when we wracked our brains to pick a celebrity for the opening realised we have our own star in school so were delighted to get Little Ant and Dec to do the honours.”

The diminutive duo interviewed celebrities including Bruce Forsyth, Mila Kunis and Gerard Butler for the last series of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, which pulled in 7 million viewers, and will appear in the new series when it returns to ITV next month.

They also grilled David Cameron for a special charity show before Christmas.

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