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Spelling champs meet Boris and Andre

A group of Colchester schoolboys are hoping to feature in the next Peter Andre documentary after meeting the star as part of a national competition prize.

The four pupils from Colchester Royal Grammar School met Peter Andre and London Mayor Boris Johnson after winning a national spelling competition.

Spelling team Tom Kirkham and Joe Tagliaferro, both 12, and Will Harrington-Clark and Liam Spurgeon, 13, beat teams from more than 1,200 schools across the country to take first prize in the Spelling Bee Championship earlier in the year.

Their prize was to meet Boris and Peter as part of the launch of a national reading project.

Crews from ITV were also filming Peter during the event, for a new documentary about his life, and the Colchester boys are hoping they might make the final cut.

Liam said: “Peter was charming. He told us about reading to his children.” The pop singer also gave the pupils a quick song.

Joe said: “Spelling is important because it helps with vocabulary and you look stupid if you get something wrong.

“Mr Johnson was amusing. It was great to meet him.”

Boris Johnson and Peter Andre have teamed up as part of the Love Libraries project, which aims to encourage more three to five-year-olds to enjoy books.

The grammar school Purple Blazers spelling team, named after their uniform, were also able to spend the afternoon at The Times newspaper newsroom as part of their prize.

The boys, who all want to be journalists when they are older, were even given a chance to test their proofreading skills and do some guest editing. They will now write an article to be featured in the Young Times supplement.


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