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Daphne does Des proud...

Daphne Fowler

WHEN Des O'Connor needed a friend to help him rake in cash for charity during a Christmas edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire his thoughts turned to Weston's quiz queen.

Daphne Fowler, aged 63, of Coniston Crescent, suspected her husband's nephew was playing a prank when she picked up the telephone last week -but comedian and crooner Des O'Connor really was on the other end of the line.

The established entertainer, who co-hosts the daytime chat show Des and Mel with Melanie Sykes, had been asked to appear on Chris Tarant's popular quiz show with her.

And, having watched Daphne's impressive performances on Fifteen To One, he wanted to be able to turn to her if he and Mel were struggling to answer a question.

Daphne was more than happy to help out and the show, which will be screened on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, has already been recorded.

Des did ring and Daphne was able to come to his rescue but Weston residents will have to tune in to find out exactly what happened as Daphne does not want to give the game away.

Daphne survived as a contestant on Fifteen To One for seven series and won the programme's grand final twice. She was also crowned Brain of Britain in 1997.

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