Johnny Vegas tells De La Salle pupils to follow their dreams

St Helens Star: Thatto Heath’s most famous son with head boy Anthony Wright and head girl Megan Meredith Thatto Heath’s most famous son with head boy Anthony Wright and head girl Megan Meredith

FUNNYMAN Johnny Vegas was on hand as a special guest at De La Salle School’s presentation evening – and shared memories on his schooldays.

The comedian, whose real name is Michael Pennington, is a former pupil of the school when it was known as West Park.

He spoke about the importance of his family life and advised the ex-pupils to make the best of every opportunity they are presented with in life and to pursue their dreams.

Michael, who chronicles his schooldays in his autobiography Becoming Johnny Vegas, helped celebrate the school’s year 11 leavers receiving their GCSE certificates.

He brought plenty of humour to the night – with highlights including his recollection of the trepidation he felt at informing his father of his third class degree result, only to be met with the reply: “I never thought you’d pass!”

The comedian and actor was joined by St Helens Council’s director of children and young people’s services, Andy Dempsey, as guests for the evening alongside school governors, staff and families.

Head teacher Will Daunt and chairman of governors designate Phil Topping paid tribute to the hard work of the ex-pupils and of the school community as De La Salle celebrates the completion of its new school buildings.

There was also time for reflection, as those present were asked to remember past pupil Steve Prescott and the late chairman of governors Brother Alban in their prayers, during the school’s first presentation since their passing.

Mr Daunt concluded the ceremony by thanking the parents of the leaving pupils for their children “which we have handed back to you in slightly more exotic wrapping paper, but with its essential qualities very much intact.”

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11:51pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Keva68 says...

Why the headline funnyman why not Boring self righteous idiot.
Why the headline funnyman why not Boring self righteous idiot. Keva68

2:15pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Bill Bradbury says...

Keva68 wrote:
Why the headline funnyman why not Boring self righteous idiot.
Still full of the Christmas spirit of Goodwill to all men I see?
[quote][p][bold]Keva68[/bold] wrote: Why the headline funnyman why not Boring self righteous idiot.[/p][/quote]Still full of the Christmas spirit of Goodwill to all men I see? Bill Bradbury

9:12pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Sankey says...

Very unfunny stand up

But great in benidorm
Very unfunny stand up But great in benidorm Sankey

1:04pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Keva68 says...

Bill Bradbury wrote:
Keva68 wrote:
Why the headline funnyman why not Boring self righteous idiot.
Still full of the Christmas spirit of Goodwill to all men I see?
No
[quote][p][bold]Bill Bradbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keva68[/bold] wrote: Why the headline funnyman why not Boring self righteous idiot.[/p][/quote]Still full of the Christmas spirit of Goodwill to all men I see?[/p][/quote]No Keva68

1:23pm Mon 30 Dec 13

barrie timpson says...

Never really watched any of his stuff. Nice enough guy though , bumped into him one day with my little one and he was more than happy to have a few pics taken and was very nice to my little one.
Never really watched any of his stuff. Nice enough guy though , bumped into him one day with my little one and he was more than happy to have a few pics taken and was very nice to my little one. barrie timpson

3:15pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Bill Bradbury says...

Sankey wrote:
Very unfunny stand up But great in benidorm
and great in a lot of Dickens and other serious acting-really gets into character(s). plus a keen Saints supporter. OK his humour may be not to everyone's liking but a great Guy and representative of St.Helens and "Donkey Common" as well as taking the trouble to speak to pupils.
[quote][p][bold]Sankey[/bold] wrote: Very unfunny stand up But great in benidorm[/p][/quote]and great in a lot of Dickens and other serious acting-really gets into character(s). plus a keen Saints supporter. OK his humour may be not to everyone's liking but a great Guy and representative of St.Helens and "Donkey Common" as well as taking the trouble to speak to pupils. Bill Bradbury

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