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Old School Pictures - BBC Radio Ulster's Noel Thompson

Radio Ulster presenter Noel Thompson (59) joins Daniel O'Donnell, Ian Paisley, Seamus Heaney, Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle, Liam Neeson, Jimmy Nesbitt and George Best in our gallery of school images

Thompson, who is married with two sons,  says: I was an enthusiastic but not brilliantly proficient sportsman at school — I went to Campbell College in Belfast. I was captain of the second cricket team and played rugby for the fifths. I really enjoyed sport.

I always sang and still do — I was in the choir and sang in a rock band, too.

I was always good at languages and something of a non-starter at science. We had to make a choice at 13 if we were going to follow a language path or a science path. I decided to do languages at A-level and thought that I would go on to be an international businessman. I did German, French and English for A-level. I hadn’t a notion about business, but that’s what I wanted to do.

I wasn’t one of the cool kids — I don’t think we particularly had any in my time at the school. I was school prefect and head of my house though. My grades were good — I got an A1, A and B in my A-levels and won a scholarship to Cambridge.

I had spots when I was young but I wouldn’t have said I had any huge image issues. I think I was quite sensible about it all.”

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