This post was written by guest blogger and reality TV showbiz observer Daniel Cohen. Catch up with him on Twitter here!
David Walliams shocked quite a lot of school children in South Shields on Friday when he suddenly appeared during their lessons. Walliams was in the region to give a speech at the 2013 South Shields Lecture on Friday, an event held in support of local Member of Parliament David Miliband.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge used the opportunity to not only inspire those attending the lecture, but quite a few more young people.
David sat down next to the students and took an English class with them and giving a short lecture. Then he put them through acting and improvisation lessons at drama.
Twitter, meanwhile, absolutely flooded with messages from excited kids who were in absolute hysterics with the comic’s arrival.
Said Miliband himself: “@davidwalliams goes down a storm at Mortimer School. Congrats to drama and English classes for staying on task.”
One child tweeted: “Just been pushed off a chair due to everyone trying to get a photo of David walliams ahhahahha help.”
The children found the lessons very inspiring. Melanie Dawn Tate wrote:
“ Can’t believe I’ve spent an hour acting with David today! Actual highlight of my life! Had such a good laugh!<3”
While Rachel Clark added: “@davidwalliams came into my school, I absolutely love him, I AM GOING TO BE A COMEDIAN WHEN I AM OLDER hehe”
Teacher Tracy Hallway added:
“Had an amazing improvisation session! Kids totally inspired. Acting with Mr Walliams was amazing. He is a lovely, lovely man and extremely funny.”
With Carrie Said adding:
“Feel so lucky that my students and I have had the opportunity to improvise with the tremendous @davidwalliams.”
After this David and David hosted the Custom’s House Ratburger Big Read event, where he was interviewed onstage and signed hundreds of books, despite a painful elbow. Miliband wrote:
“@davidwalliams has signed over 500 books and is going strong…”
David talked about his books, his love of books and libraries. He explained that books are good and old people aren’t always boring.
He also said that he endorses mentoring as a way to give knowledge to others to help them get their quicker without the mistakes.
Later David also met up with the team of the One Campaign who are working to see the end to extreme poverty and preventable disease in Africa. He also held a brief talk there.
All this before his main lecture, South Shields 2031. The event was a major success, though.With David giving thought provoking and witty answers to the people assembled. David talked about his books -published and upcoming, the government and life in general.
After that eventful day, a thankful David was treated to a well deserved meal of fish and chips.
Said David: “At Colmans Fish & Chip Restaurant with @dmiliband after our talk in South Shields.” Adding: “Huge thanks to @DMiliband for inviting me to his constituency. I had the best day & the warmest welcome from the people of South Shields. x”