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Celebrities ‘starstruck’ by Pride of Britain winners

Celebrities flocked to the red carpet Saturday night to honor Britain’s bravest and best at the 2021 Pride of Britain Awards.

The awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, hosted by Carol Vorderman and Ashley Banjo from Diversity, really kicked off with the arrival of this year’s winners on the red carpet.

This year’s winners include Hughie Higginson, 10, and Freddie Xavi, 11, who raised more than £ 200,000 after Hughie was diagnosed with leukemia – and part-time firefighter Stephen Warton, who jumped into an icy lake for um to save the lives of 13 year olds. old Kacper Krauze.

Holly Willoughby and her mother arrive for the Pride of Britain Awards (Yui Mok / PA)(PA wire)

Banjo said, “I feel good, really excited. I don’t take any event for granted. The last time we did Pride of Britain we didn’t have an audience so it’s nice to be back. It feels good.”

They were celebrated by some of the country’s biggest stars who were delighted to attend.

Among the judges that year was Ben Shephard, who said he felt humiliated to be a part of Pride of Britain.

He said, “I am very excited to be wearing the awards properly. It’s a very different event than last year when it was virtual. Susanna (Reid) presents the Fundraiser of the Year Award and we are very happy about it.

“I was on the jury this year, which was a tough and incredible experience. It was a very humiliating experience. “

Sharon Stone arrives for the Pride of Britain Awards (Yui Mok / PA)(PA wire)

Hollywood actress Sharon Stone said she was preparing for an emotional evening.

She said, “I have a pack of Kleenex. It’s really amazing and these stories that we’re about to hear are so touching and capture what people have been through. “

The Wanted’s Tom Parker and his wife told PA that the awards put things into perspective after a busy year.

Mo Farah (Yui Mok / PA)(PA wire)

In October last year, the singer announced that he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Just last month, he joined his bandmates for a special gig at the Royal Albert Hall to raise funds for Stand up to Cancer.

He said, “It’s always an emotional occasion, but one of gratitude.

“I’m fine, we are here and we are present. Looking forward to the stories. I think it’s always a sad but happy occasion. “

Tom’s wife Kelsey added, “We have had a lot of trauma ourselves in the past 18 months and for Tom and me it puts things in perspective to hear stories for ourselves.

EastEnders actor Danny Dyer also said he would likely shed a tear upon hearing of the nominees’ courage and valor during this year’s awards.

He said, “It’s a very humbling experience. I have to try not to sob my heart every single story. “

The actor, known for his Hardman roles, was not guided by his political views and when asked what he thinks about the upcoming Cop26 summit in Glasgow, “I’m trying to stay calm right now.” . “

However, Bear Grylls said he would travel to Glasgow to represent World Scouting.

The TV adventurer said, “It has never been more important for our planet and for leaders to come together and change the world.

“Let’s hope there are actions, not words. When you love something, you want to protect it. That is the goal.

He added that the Pride of Britain Awards were “always special” and “the most important of the year to celebrate the country’s true and unsung heroes”.

The Pride of Britain Awards will air on November 4th at 8pm on ITV.

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