P Posted by Sandra on November 1 2012 0 Comments McFLY, News

A TEACHING assistant got the surprise of her life when she joined her favourite boy band on national TV.

Natalie Stevens, who works at Sandcross Primary School in Reigate, was hoisted aloft by McFly on ITV1 programme Surprise Surprise.

The band – who Miss Stevens has seen live 31 times – performed their latest single and shared a sofa with her and show host Holly Willoughby before recreating the scene from a card drawn for Miss Stevens by Newdigate-based artist Jocelyn Lawman.

Miss Stevens was dressed up in a bright pink floor-length dress and her chart-topping heroes donned suits and bow ties as they lifted her in the air.

“I was pretty shocked,” said the 21-year-old of the moment she was called out of the audience.

“I don’t really like being in front of people like that.

“Obviously, it was all a bit bizarre but I didn’t have time to think about it.

“It was absolutely surreal. When we were back stage and I walked into the room and they all changed into their suits, it was just like looking at the card.”

Jocelyn Lawman is a friend of Miss Stevens’ colleague, Sally Moss, who took her along to the show. “She had drawn it for my 21st birthday,” Miss Stevens said. “So she thought that was a good thing to include on her application form.”

McFly filmed at the school in September and interviewed pupils as part of the surprise.

“It was something I will never forget,” added Miss Stevens.

She was nominated to be on the show by Mrs Moss, who told Holly Willoughby: “Natalie works with children who don’t find learning very easy, they have special educational needs.

“That is a really difficult, trying job and Natalie is just amazing at it.

“She just cares a lot and has so much love for the children she works with.”

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