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On Tuesday 9th May, whilst learning about famous Hull ambassadors as part of their Ambassadors of Hull Experience at the KCOM Learning Zone, St Richard’s RC Primary school received a surprise visit from BBC Look North presenter Peter Levy!
The children has been imagining what it would be like to interview Peter just before his arrival and were taking part in a pretend interview with one of our volunteers – they didn’t expect the real thing to walk through the door just seconds later!
Peter sat down and took lots of questions from the children. Among the tough questions posed at the presenter were: “Who was your favourite teacher?”, “What would you change about Hull?”, “Do you have any pets?” and “what colour did your hair used to be?”.
Consummate professional Peter tactfully dodged a question asking him which Hull rugby team he supported and also who was his favourite person from Hull, although the children did manage to discover Peter doesn’t have any pets, that he would like to interview Prince Charles and that he wanted to be a pilot growing up.
Year six pupil Rachel Szabo, ten, said she was delighted to meet a real life celebrity while learning what it means to be an ambassador for her home city.
She said: “I was really excited to meet Peter as I’ve never met a celebrity before and it was nice to be able to ask him some questions. I watch him on the TV so to see him in real life was really nice.”
Mercedes Griffin, also ten, said: “I got goose bumps when he walked out. It’s good to meet someone famous in real life. I want to be a news presenter when I grow up too.”
Talking about living in Hull, Peter, who is marking his 30th year on the TV this year, said: “I think Hull is fabulous. In the past two or three years it has all really come together in Hull and it is almost unrecognisable from what it was when I first moved here in 2002.
“I was walking around the waterfront the other day and it just looks completely different, there’s a definite buzz about the city.”
As the Year Ten grilling continued, Peter revealed he’d like to see Prime Minster Theresa May visit Hull, that his favourite teacher at school was English teacher Mr Shelton and that he lost his first wobbly tooth at the age of five.
Peter is the latest celebrity to take part in the Hull Children’s University Ambassadors of Hull Experience, which is aimed at teaching youngsters about being a positive role model for the city.
Former Apprentice winner, TV pundit and Hull parliamentary candidate Michelle Dewberry and former Hull City and England footballer Nick Barmby have both previously visited the learning Zone to meet more school children.