On Wednesday 17th November we were delighted to welcome comedian Michael McIntyre to Westholme School!
Publicising the launch of his new book “A Funny Life”, he undertook a riotously entertaining 40 minute interview with John Gillmore,‘Gilly’ from BBC Radio Lancashire on the stage of a sold-out Croston Theatre. He then bravely embraced a rapid-fire 15 minute Q&A as members of the 500 strong crowd shot a wide range of probing questions in his direction!
Mr McIntyre was on expectedly fine form, and having been introduced to the stage by Dr Robson, he immediately had members of the audience laughing and smiling throughout. He seemed thoroughly taken by being back in a school environment and our forthcoming Prep School really seized his imagination! He spun amusing tales from his past, recounted highlights from his career experiences and commented wryly on the trials and tribulations of lockdown life. Talking with Gilly about his new book, which follows on directly from “Life and Laughing: My Story”, he was engaging, open and very funny!
The live Q&A session was led eloquently by Sixth Form members of the WSS News Team, and then finally Mr McIntyre was thanked generously by the Student Executive on stage, and given a small token of our genuine appreciation by Head Boy Ben.
The event was organised by Elaine Silverwood, of Silverwood Events, and this was the first such event that we had been able to hold at the school since the Covid-19 Pandemic. We always thoroughly enjoy working with Silverwood and appreciate the outstanding guests they bring to the Croston Theatre. Past guests have included England cricketer Jimmy Anderson, athlete and Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill, renowned explorer Ranulph Fiennes and TV presenter Claire Balding to name but a few.
Overall, our very special evening with Michael McIntyre was a fantastic night of entertainment which energised us all and left the audience with aching sides!