After his rise to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, ventriloquist Steve Hewlett has been rushed off his feet. However, last week he took time out of his busy schedule to perform at primary schools.
The 37-year-old Willingdon man wowed a crowd of primary school pupils at Oakwood School.
The youngsters are presented with £5 each week for the class with the best attendance. The children come up with entrepenalrial schemes to double their money and one class wanted to spend their proceeds on entertainment in a whole school assembly by Steve Hewlett.
The ventriloquist performed at the school and signed autographs on Friday, just after he atttended Willingdon Primary, but refused to take the money from the school.
He said, “I want to give something back. I have been overwhelmed by everyone who has supported me and I guess this is a way of saying thank you for that.”
The children at Oakwood have decided to put the cash back in to the school pot to help families at the schol who struggle to pay for school trips.
But it is not just schools. Steve has received more than 200 enquiries since appearing on the ITV talent show - where he performed in the final as the judges’ wild card.
Steve said, “It is weird how TV changes things. Adults are queuing up for autographs and photographs as well as the children. I was also spotted on the London Underground.”
Steve and his wife Nina recently attended an OK Magazine party.
He said, “It was weird being papped on the red carpet but we really enjoyed it.”
Steve, who has a ‘chock-a-block’ schedule until November, says he has accepted 15 charities out of the 50 letters he received and may soon be appearing on Celebrity Juice. He is also in a BBC documentary about ventriloquism.