08 July 2013,

Geordie pair cause a rhumble as they officially open Whitley Bay

TV stars Ant and Dec caused a rhumble in Whitley Bay when they officially opened the town’s newest centre and library.

The Geordie due were guests of honour at the official opening of the £5.2m Whitley Bay Customer First Centre, developed by NNT LIFT Company.

The stars – famous for their No.1 single hit ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble’ and presenting TV shows ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ – were under scrutiny for their writing skills.

During the visit, they found the centre’s library reading group reviewing their top selling autobiography ‘Ooh! What a lovely pair’.

The best seller gives an insight into how the pair met as 13-year-olds on the set of ‘Byker Grove’, becoming friends and then forging a successful working partnership.

Ant and Dec also met some young library users and joined in a baby ‘Bounce and Rhyme’ sessions, where nursery rhymes, not chart-toppers, were the only tunes on offer.

Mayor Norma Redfearn, who invited the duo to unveil a commemorative plaque at the centre, said: “It’s been great to see the fantastic welcome Ant and Dec got from our customers, young and old.”

Russell Taylor, operations director at NNT LIFT Company: “It has been fantastic to have such well-known local celebrities opening this new building.”

The centre, on York Road, features a library, customer service suite for council services, tourist information, community and event space, rooms for health services, a desk for Northumbria Police and a small cafe.

It opened in April and has had more than 105,000 visitors pass through the doors in the first two months.