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'Simon Cowell' takes students for a ride

Medical student Roma Patel shakes the hand of Simon Cowell at the trentbarton stand at the Freshers’Nottingham’s new students did a double take at their Freshers’ Fair when they bumped into 'Simon Cowell'.

The lookalike dropped in on campus to bring a bit of a VIP Factor to bus company trentbarton’s stand promoting its 24/7 VIP service and anytime, anywhere £1 discount fare for students.

'Simon' was flanked by security guards as he made his grand entrance to a Freshers’ Fair packed with hundreds of the University of Nottingham’s first year students.

Giving an on-air live interview to University Radio Nottingham, Simon said he was in the city to make sure every student gets the VIP treatment they deserve: “I’m very good at judging and from what I’ve seen so far, the University of Nottingham’s definitely got talent.

“And I’ve ditched the Bentley. From now on I’m travelling by bus.”

Students were unsure whether it really was Simon Cowell who was shaking their hands on the trentbarton stand and signing autographs. Medical student Roma Patel said: “That was quite an experience. He really looks like Simon.”

Dozens of students had their photo taken with 'Simon' – who is actually lookalike Andy Monk, of Mapperley.

Andy, who now lives in the West Midlands, has been impersonating Simon for a decade since his brother pointed out the resemblance. He was Simon’s double in this year’s Comic Relief TV wedding when Simon ‘married’ himself.

Holding the crowds back were tuxedo-clad security – in the shape of staff from trentbarton.

The ‘bouncers’ included drivers on trentbarton’s Indigo bus service which runs at up to every five minutes and 24 hours a day and is popular with students travelling to and from the University, Beeston, Long Eaton and the city centre.

Commercial Director of trentbarton, Alex Hornby, said: “We love coming to the Freshers’ Fair so the students can meet the drivers who will be looking after them all year, day and night."