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Debby and Gerry Armstrong

Debby and Gerry Armstrong

Debby Armstrong and Courteney Cox at Latitude

Debby Armstrong and Courteney Cox at Latitude

Gerry and Debby Armstrong at Latitude festival

Gerry and Debby Armstrong at Latitude festival

The couple with Ed Sheeran

The couple with Ed Sheeran

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Debby and Gerry Armstrong

GERRY Armstrong and his wife Debby switched talking about football for rubbing shoulders with A-listers when they went to watch their pals Snow Patrol perform at Latitude last weekend.

The much-loved Northern Ireland football legend is keeping it in the family as Debby is the cousin of the band’s drummer Jonny Quinn.

But they didn’t just spend time with Snow Patrol, the pair also partied with Friends star and Johnny McDaid’s partner Courteney Cox as well as Ed Sheeran, who made a surprise appearance.

Although it was all about the music, footie fan Ed had to pick Gerry’s brain about his amazing career.

Debby, who runs a hot food festival stall with Gerry, told Sunday Life: “We were over working with Central Fusion (a festival bars and events operator) but we got to hang out with Johnny and his brother Bradley during the day, though we had to keep it a secret that Ed was performing.

“We spent time with him afterwards. He was such a lovely guy. He talked like he knew you for years.

“He loves Northern Ireland and football. He was chatting away because Elton John had owned Gerry’s club whenever he was at Watford so he wanted to know all about that.

“We just had the best time ever after working our butts off. We slept in a tent all week, although we did upgrade to a bigger tent. We had all the staff over and Marianna [Gerry’s daughter] came with us so she had the time of her life. She was backstage too and was in her element.”

Sheeran has been enjoying time off recently following the birth of his second child with wife Cherry Seaborn, but he returned to the spotlight to perform with his pal and co-writer Johnny McDaid during their headline set at the event in Suffolk.

Snow Patrol, led by Gary Lightbody, stunned fans by introducing Ed to the stage for a performance of his hit track Bad Habits, while he later returned to perform Snow Patrol’s track Just Say Yes.

Ed previously performed with the band at the festival when he staged a secret show there in 2015.

It is held close to the village of Framlingham, Suffolk, where Ed grew up. He has since returned to the area to live with his wife and children.


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