A young boy from Waverton has become a radio star after mistakenly calling the BBC presenter Chris Evans ‘Steve’.

Ten-year-old Archie Pytches rang Evans’s morning show on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday, November 6, in the daily Kids Get a Fanfare slot, to tell the nation something he was going to do for the first time.

Archie said that he was heading to London to perform Over by Christmas at St Pancras station with Chester’s Theatre in the Quarter but opened with ‘Hello Steve’!

When Chris Evans invited him back again on Friday, the presenter explained that his family had called him Steve all day on Thursday and had even got his colleague Steve Wright to record a special message for Archie.

Archie described acting in the First World War commemorative choral piece, which toured railway stations in Chester, Lancashire and Manchester during September, as ‘brilliant’ and something that he would remember ‘for ever’.

The youngster said that he was performing to “passers by who wanted to listen and remember with everyone else.”


Artistic director Matt Baker said: “Archie, along with the other two boys, have held the story together with their newspaper headlines from 1914 and they have won the hearts of thousands of people with their superb performances.

“It was wonderful to be in St Pancras station to tell our story to such a diverse range of people passing through.”

In the 20-minute vignette Theatre in the Quarter’s community choir of soldiers, nurses and families recreated the poignant and historic moment when soldiers from the area departed from their local railway station at the start of the First World War.

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