British pop hero Ed Sheeran took some time out from his current tour of New Zealand to play a short gig at a local primary school, after they won a radio competition. The singer also took part in a diverse question and answer session with the children.

The megastar played a brief selection of his hit singles and then fielded some pretty tough questions from the 100-strong crowd of kids, after which he posed for pictures with everybody who wanted them, reported The Mirror.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran played a gig at a primary school while on his New Zealand tour

Redcliff Primary School, under threat of closure from the financial fallout of the huge earthquake in Christchurch a few years ago, won a competition held by radio station More FM. They had renamed themselves ‘Edcliff School’ and submitted a re-recording of his song ‘Thinking Out Loud’, changing the lyrics to an appeal to save their school, in order to win it.

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During the tough line of questioning from the kids, Ed revealed that he gives his guitars male names like Cyril and James because he “beats them up” too much to give them female names. When asked about fame, he replied that while he sometimes finds it tough, being a pop star is “still the best job in the world”.

He also revealed that he does have plans to work with his friend and fellow megastar Taylor Swift once more. The pair previously worked together on Swift’s 2012 single ‘Everything Has Changed’.

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Sheeran plays the first of a handful of New Zealand gigs at Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena on Wednesday night, following that with a show at Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena on Friday and then Auckland’s Vector Arena on Saturday.

When he had finished his appointment at the school, the star tweeted: “Spent the afternoon singing with primary school kids. My face hurts from smiling, so much fun.”

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