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Children in Need: Bangor Grammar sees double as Deputy Head Boy dresses up as female Principal

What are you doing for Children in Need?

By Claire Williamson

Children in Need - the annual fundraising extravaganza is upon us - and Northern Ireland is getting in the spirit of the event.

Tonight, stars from the world of music, film and television will take part in the infamous BBC programme which kicks off at 7.30pm.

And among those getting in the spirit of the day is Bangor Grammar School's deputy head boy who has dressed up as their Principal for the day.

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If you think that means he merely donned a suit and tie - think again.

Jordan McVeigh took the charity dress up for Children in Need to a whole new level as he donned Mrs Huddleson's signature look from head to toe - including a blonde wig.

The School are raising money for Children in Need throughout the day with fun activities planned for the whole school including staff and pupil leg waxes and sponge throwing.

The pupils of Bangor Grammar School got the shock of their lives as the Assembly was was taken by not one but two Principals.

Jordan (17) told the Belfast Telegraph there was a stunned silence and then a lot of laughter as the pair took to the stage.

He said: "I've been getting some looks in the corridors and some double takes.

"I knew that people in the past had gone as our old principal Stephen Connolly with his gown and a bald cap - so it thought I've take it to the next level and go as our new pricnipal.

"She does have quite a few statement pieces so I thought if I channeled those it would be quite funny.

"There has been a lot of double takes, from the back where people honestly at first glance think that I am Mrs Huddleson because I'm in one of her favourite dresses that she lent me.

"Me and Mrs Huddelson walked in together and there was quite a reaction. Everyone went quiet for a minute and then they realised and the laughter started.

"It's great fun. everyone got involved which is great."

The school raised more than £1300 for Children in Need as they also hosted a variety of events including leg waxing.

Elsewhere in Dromore local man Peter Branker donned his best Elvis suit and dropped into Mulhollands bar before he began collecting for Children in Need in Co Down.

Also tonight the local football and rugby teams will have their annual Tug-of-War competition in Dromore Square to raise money for Children in Need.

Northern Ireland's politicians have also been getting in the spirit of Children in Need as they joined BBC presenter Stephen Nolan for an epic lip synching video.

The hilarious video raises questions that a few of our politicians could have missed their calling in life as 'singers' or even dancers as Mairtin O'Muilleoir complete with sunglasses, Basil McCrea and Gregory Campbell among others showcase some serious moves.

Tonight's show will be hosted by Dermot O'Leary who will be stepping into Sir Terry Wogan's shoes.

The 77-year-old veteran broadcaster pulled out of the show at the last minute on the advice of doctors following a procedure on his back.

The Radio 2 DJ will host the show on BBC One between 7.30pm and 10pm alongside Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton, before passing the baton on to Shane Richie on BBC Two at 10pm.

Since its launch in 1980, Pudsey the Bear and co have raised nearly £800 million for children's charities in the UK and supports 2,500 projects. In the last year alone, the charity has helped nearly half a million disadvantaged children.

One Direction and Dame Helen Mirren are among the stars hoping to make this year's Children In Need the biggest yet.

Other highlights will include guests such as former Doctor Who star David Tennant, Sherlock actor Martin Freeman, singer Ellie Goulding performing her new single, and pop star Jess Glynne, who will sing the official BBC Children In Need single, Take Me Home.

There will are also be an exclusive Star Wars sketch with C3PO and R2-D2 alongside Star Wars actor Warwick Davis, a one-off tour of TV history with comedian Harry Hill, and a Call The Midwife Strictly special.

More musical performances will come from stars including Rod Stewart, Selena Gomez, Years And Years, and Anastacia.

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