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Westlife and Jedward raise the roof in Belfast

The Odyssey Arena was packed to capacity at the weekend with Pudsey supporters as top Irish acts Westlife and The Script entertained the Belfast crowd for Children in Need.

Thousands of fans wearing yellow Pudsey-style ears swayed to ballads from the Dublin bands, while one-time X Factor hopefuls Jedward served up their typical brand of high-energy performance.

In London presenters Sir Terry Wogan and Tess Daly steered viewers through seven hours of entertainment.

Cheryl Cole kicked off the evening with a performance of her latest single Promise This.

The fun continued with the recently reformed Take That, chart-topping boyband JLS and Strictly Come Dancing stars.

The night also featured appearances from the casts of EastEnders and Coronation Street while Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button competed in a go-karting challenge.

A host of other celebrities including Kylie Minogue, Alexandra Burke and Peter Andre pulled together as organisers tried to beat last year's record total of £39m.

The presenters of Loose Women gave a performance of Girls Aloud's The Promise, and the stars of Dragons' Den took part in a Come Dine With Me special.

Fundraisers across the UK took part in events yesterday to raise money for disadvantaged young people. By 8pm last night the charity total was close to £6m.

David Ramsden, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said the broadcaster was “humbled and inspired” by the money raised every year, and called for the public to get behind the appeal this year.

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