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Ashley Banjo to co-host Pride of Britain Awards

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Ashley Banjo will co-host this year's Pride of Britain Awards with Carol Vorderman.

The awards, which salute the nation's unsung heroes, have been hosted solely by the former Countdown star since their inception in 1999, but after 21 years on her own, Vorderman will now be joined by the Diversity dancer and Dancing on Ice judge.

Banjo, who has previously served as a roving reporter at the Pride of Britain Awards, described the new hosting gig as an "amazing" opportunity.

"I feel like I've been a part of Pride of Britain for a few years now but the chance to co-host it next to Carol, who is a complete legend and a pro, is amazing," he said, reports the Mirror. "It's such a special show and a hugely emotional and inspiring night."

His co-presenter Vorderman added, "Ashley is a wonderful person and I'm delighted that he's joining me because he has been involved for a few years now and it just feels right. The Pride of Britain Awards are incredibly special evening and show to be a part of."

The Pride of Britain Awards, which honour British people who have acted bravely or extraordinarily in challenging situations, are returning as an in-person event for the first time in two years. The ceremony will take place at Grosvenor House in London and be broadcast on ITV on 4 November.

Celebrity guests are expected to include Prince Charles, Ant & Dec, Anne-Marie, Ed Sheeran, Pixie Lott, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Westlife, and Sharon Stone, although it is unclear if Sheeran will still be able to participate following his Covid-19 diagnosis.

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