Wake up Graham, I think Rod’s got something to say to you...
Sheffield dad Graham Ping was amazed when music legend Rod Stewart gave him a bell - and serenaded him down the phone. The rock icon had met Graham’s daughter, Officer Cadet Michelle Ping, at The Sun Military Awards, which will be screened on TV tomorrow night.
When Michelle told Rod that her dad was a huge fan, he insisted on calling him.
Michelle, aged 40, who is originally from Dungworth in Sheffield, said: “Rod Stewart was one of the guests who had been invited to come and support the military.
“As we were having dinner, everyone was going around getting photos with all the stars like Rod Stewart and David Beckham.
“I went and asked Rod Stewart for a photo and told him my dad is a massive fan.
“He said, ‘Give us your phone, I’ll give him a ring.’”
When Graham answered the phone, he did not believe he was really speaking to a music legend.
“When dad said he didn’t believe it was Rod, he started singing Maggie May down the phone!” said Michelle.
“He told the boys at work that he had spoken to Rod Stewart on the phone but they didn’t believe him until they saw it in the newspaper afterwards.
“My dad is chuffed to bits, he’s over the moon.”
Graham said: “I didn’t believe it was him, I thought it was a wind-up.
“I said, ‘You’re joking.’
“It was a real shock to be honest with you. To have him sing Maggie May down the phone was just unbelievable.”
Michelle was at The Millies to collect a Life Savers Award on behalf of all medical personnel.
Also attending was injured Doncaster soldier Ben Parkinson.
The Portsmouth-based Royal Naval reservist at HMS King Alfred has previously been Mentioned in Dispatches for saving the life of a wounded soldier while under fire from the Taliban in Afghanistan.
n The Sun Military Awards are broadcast tomorrow night at 8.30pm on ITV1.