Pudding pair win US tripa

Richard Bottomley and Richard Lowery with Ant, far right, and Dec, far left
Richard Bottomley and Richard Lowery with Ant, far right, and Dec, far left
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Two Sheffield friends channelled their inner Tina Turners, chatted up a Yorkshire pudding and showcased their best Heather Small impressions – all on national TV.

Richard Lowery and Richard William Bottomley took on the supercomputer from TV show Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway at Meadowhall shopping centre – and their antics were rewarded as they won a trip to Florida.

Former casino worker Richard, aged 25, of Birley, said: “It was fantastic – we were hysterical when we won.

“Richard William went to grab the tickets and all the crowd came towards us and were hugging us – it was just chaotic.”

The supercomputer has visited shopping centres and other venues across the UK as part of the latest series of the popular TV show.

Visitors press a big red button and have to obey the demands of the computer and show off their talents to be in with a chance of winning tickets for a trip to America.

Richard and former holiday rep Richard William, aged 24, of Manor Top, had to opera sing, dance with feathers and tell a Yorkshire pudding how much they loved it, among other silly challenges.

After they won, the friends were invited to London to watch the show live.

Richard said: “It’s been fantastic. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“We got invited to meet Ant and Dec after the show and they were both really nice.”

The pair will jet off to Florida with presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly and other competition winners on Saturday, April 5.

British fashion brand Reiss is preparing to open a store in Sheffield, creating 14 jobs.

The brand – which prides itself on design-led clothing and accessories – is set to open its doors to customers in Meadowhall shopping centre next month.

Mark Bruce, Meadowhall retail director, said: “Reiss will be a great addition to the shopping centre.

“News of its arrival has been extremely well received by our shoppers at a time when the brand’s reputation goes from strength to strength.”

Tracy Dixon, Reiss retail director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to bring Reiss to Meadowhall.

“Our product offer for both menswear and womenswear gives the Meadowhall customer something new and exciting, all featured in our newest concept store.”

American footwear firm Skechers and outdoor clothing brand North Face have also opened new stores in the shopping centre in recent weeks.