Staff at students at an academy trust that includes two schools in Whitchurch have been given a VIP message from one of the country's biggest stars.

Comedian, children's author and television presenter David Walliams dropped a special message to all those who are working, and at home, at The Marches Academy Trust, which includes Sir John Talbot's School and Lower Heath Primary School, as well as Oswestry's The Marches.

Hayley Alldridge, head of marketing and brand at Marches Trust, said the message was arranged to give her colleagues and the students across the entire trust a boost during these unprecedented times during COVID-19.

She said: "The Marches Academy Trust is delighted that David has sent over a personalised message for the students and staff.

"David is an English comedian, actor, writer, and television personality. He is known for his role as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent.

"Many students choose one of his books when they move to one of our secondary schools as a gift from the trust.

"All students are encouraged to read throughout the school day in dedicated reading sessions. David’s books are always a popular choice for the students.

“Our students and staff are working incredibly hard especially in these difficult times so we contacted David to see if he’d send a special message to our school communities.

"We're just delighted he did and I hope the students all enjoyed seeing his message."

In the video, David sent his greetings to students across the trust, and still found time to do a bit of self-publicising in the meantime.

He said: "A big hello to all the kids and all the staff at the Marches Academy Trust.

"I'm David and I hope you're all getting through lockdown ok.

"I hope you're all staying safe but most importantly, I hope you're all reading my books and watching Britain's Got Talent.

"But you don't have to watch the acts – you can just fast forward and watch my bits.

"Take care everybody."

David has also recently reprised some of his Little Britain characters, alongside comedy partner Matt Lucas, in order to raise money for NHS charities.