19 DECEMBER 2007

Liverpudlian legend Sir Paul McCartney proved he's in tune with the musical tastes of the younger generation this week when he joined in a karaoke session at the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital's annual Christmas party. As well as playing the mandolin, the former Beatle enthusiastically sang along to the S Club 7 hit song Don't Stop Movin'.

"Sir Paul had everyone singing along," said one parent at the event in a London's Coram Fields, a seven-acre playground for children, which had been decked out with fake snow elves and reindeer. "The children were thrilled, but it was even more of a treat for the parents."

The big-hearted singer took time to chat and joke with some of the 1,500 children, including nine-year-old Milly Pyne who was recently honoured at the Children of Courage Awards.

He greeted the brave little girl from Ulverston, Cumbria, who underwent surgery this year, with a huge hug and cheekily pretended to take a bite out of her medal. Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess Daly and her fellow TV presenter husband Vernon Kay were also among the celebrities bringing Christmas cheer to the festivities.

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Jokingly pretending to take a bite out of her courage medal, the dad of four was clearly a hit with Milly and her sister Alice. He joined them at the annual bash for children who have been patients at the world famous children's hospital this yearPhoto: © Rex
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Tess, 36, also brought smiles to the faces of the brave youngsters at the festive eventPhoto: © Rex