Geordie pair cause a rhumble as they officially open new centre

TV stars Ant and Dec caused a rhumble in Whitley Bay when they officially opened the town’s newest centre and library.

The Geordie due were guests of honour at the official opening of the £5.2m Whitley Bay Customer First Centre on Tuesday.

Ant 'n Dec officially open Whitley Bay Customer Service Centre.'REF 0907130220

Ant 'n Dec officially open Whitley Bay Customer Service Centre.'REF 0907130220

The stars – famous for their No.1 single hit ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble’ and presenting TV shows ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ – were under scrutiny for their writing skills.

During the visit, they found the centre’s library reading group reviewing their top selling autobiography ‘Ooh! What a lovely pair’.

The best seller gives an insight into how the pair met as 13-year-olds on the set of ‘Byker Grove’, becoming friends and then forging a successful working partnership.

Ant and Dec also met some young library users and joined in a baby ‘Bounce and Rhyme’ sessions, where nursery rhymes, not chart-toppers, were the only tunes on offer.

Mayor Norma Redfearn, who invited the duo to unveil a commemorative plaque at the centre, said: “It’s been great to see the fantastic welcome Ant and Dec got from our customers, young and old.”

Russell Taylor, operations director at NNT LIFT Co Ltd, who procured the building, said: “It has been fantastic to have such well-known local celebrities opening this new building.”

The centre, on York Road, features a library, customer service suite for council services, tourist information, community and event space, rooms for health services, a desk for Northumbria Police and a small cafe.

It opened in April and has had more than 105,000 visitors pass through the doors in the first two months.