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The thrill of The Chase at Leeds primary

HELPING HAND: Mark Labbett, from ITV quiz programme The Chase, helps children at East Garforth Primary celebrate the 40th anniversary of the school.

HELPING HAND: Mark Labbett, from ITV quiz programme The Chase, helps children at East Garforth Primary celebrate the 40th anniversary of the school.

Young quiz masters at a Leeds primary school gave a TV star a run for his money during a day of brainbusting challenges.

The pupils at East Garforth Primary School spent a day pitting their wits against Mark Labbett – better known as The Chaser from hit ITV1 teatime show The Chase.

Classmates took on the quiz champion at a series of classic games including Snakes and Ladders and Blockbusters.

The event was part of a calendar of celebrations planned by the school to mark their 40th anniversary this year.

Headteacher David Eaton said: “It came about because Mark is related to someone in school and they asked us if we’d like him to come in for the day.

“The kids were delighted- they were absolutely captivated by it and they’ve been really excited all week. They all knew who he was because they all see the show when they get home from school.

“The only children who didn’t take part were in Reception classes and Mark went down to see them and they asked him some questions.”

The youngsters proved more than a match for their special guest, who has appeared on a host of prestigious quizzes including The National Lottery People’s Quiz, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and University Challenge.

Mr Eaton said: “Funnily enough they managed to beat him in every round! And the great thing was that a lot of the questions were based on things the pupils are learning as part of the curriculum.”

The quiz day was one of a string of events planned by the school to celebrate 40 years since it was built.

Other events will include a balloon launch, a treasure hunt and a street party.

Mr Eaton said: “It’s going to be a busy and exciting year.”

 

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