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Simon's heart of gold.

Pop guru Simon Cowell won the hearts of two special Teesside youngsters.

The X Factor main man was in Middlesbrough to introduce local heroes Journey South live on stage at the Town Hall.

He also popped in to meet Carl and Andy Pemberton's parents at their Coulby Newham home. And while in the area he brought a ray of sunshine into the lives of two pupils from Beverley School.

By chance, Daniel Wood, 14, and Jack Middleton, 16, were on the school bus when it became stuck in traffic outside the Pemberton home.

Bus escort Debbie Gladders told how she spotted Simon's minder and asked if the pop mogul would mind waving to the children on the bus.

Simon did better than that. He was happy to board the bus and personally meet Daniel and Jack, who are both autistic.

They were delighted by the encounter and it is now the talk of their school.

Debbie, from Park End, who has now written a letter to thank him, said of Simon: "What a lovely man. He has a heart of gold and not a heart of stone."
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 14, 2005
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