I WAS very honoured recently to be invited to spend the day with my old school, Wellacre Academy, in Flixton.

The school was having a Community Cohesion day and had visitors to the school giving talks and lessons on many various subjects.

Being a lover of the arts, in all their forms, I was thrilled to be invited along to do a drama workshop with each year seven class, and one class from year eight and what a fantastic day I had.

I taught the lads various acting exercises I have learned over the years and they especially enjoyed the stage fighting techniques I showed them.

I had a great day at the school and was really impressed by how welcome I was made by both the staff and the students.

The boys were all courteous and polite and really engaged in the lessons. They really are a credit to Wellacre and I wish them all well with their future studies.

The following day I was invited to open and perform at the Flixton Primary School Festival and my Val and I had a lovely day at our first ever visit to the school.

After opening the event and introducing the first act, Flixton Primary School and Delamere School choir to the stage, who were brilliant, I took to the stage again and performed a few Rat Pack classics before sitting in the sunshine to enjoy the fantastic dancing and gymnastic displays by Fusion Gymnastics and Showcase Studies, followed by a wonderful performance from Flixton Community Band.

We really enjoyed our afternoon at the School and I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff and organisers for inviting me along and for their warm hospitality.

After the festival we headed to the Urmston Artisan Market where we enjoyed browsing all the colourful stalls.

We bought a gorgeous piece of art from Natalie Phoenix of Phoenix Phusion who is a fine artist specialising in original fused glass art.

She does beautiful artwork and it's our second piece from Natalie, with a third piece on order!

Join me next week where I'll tell you all about the NHS Party in the Park, celebrating the 71st birthday of our NHS, which I have been asked to compere and perform at.

See you next week!