Gallery: X-Factor star inspires youngsters at village school

CHILDREN enjoyed a mini X Factor performance at their village school today when a star from the show turned up by surprise.

CHILDREN were told they could achieve their dreams yesterday by an X-Factor star who has done just that.

The small school of Walsham le Willows CEVC Primary, north-east of Bury St Edmunds, was treated to a special visit by Danyl Johnson, who reached the semi-finals in last year’s series.

The 28-year-old, a former teacher, travelled from his home in Reading to the village where he was greeted by some very excitable youngsters.

Danyl got to hear a rendition of the children’s favourite song – a wiggly waggly worm – before performing himself to a sea of waving arms.

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One little boy told him “by the way, you’re through,” which was met with giggles.

Danyl, who is suffering from laryngitis, sang his own version of With a Little Help From My Friends, which he said was the song which changed his life.

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He told them: “There’s nothing you cannot do, especially at your age.”

He also enjoyed a lunch prepared by school cook Elaine Wealleans, who arranged the visit after meeting him at the Newmarket races. But it was kept as a surprise for the children.

Danyl said: “I guess they are such a small school and people might not come down so I had some free time today which I thought I would use in a good way.”

Headteacher Angela Hunter said: “The children were really excited. I think he’s been an inspiration to them.”

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