Ant McPartlin gives Wales pub staff pleasant surprise as he poses for selfie ahead of I’m A Celeb launch

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I’m A Celebrity! host Ant McPartlin has been seen posing for a selfie with a pub manger in Wales ahead of the show’s launch this weekend.

The 44 year old host surprised the staff member as he was spotted near The Mulberry pub in Conwy, north Wales.

The Welsh pub shared the selfie manager Jackie snapped with Ant, who recently took part in his first Bushtucker Trial, on the pub’s Facebook page.

In the photo, Ant is wearing a black tracksuit with a grey, sleeveless bomber jacket on.

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Ensuring he is adhering to coronavirus guidelines, Ant is wearing a black face covering over his mouth and nose and is standing at a distance away from Jackie as she smiles at the camera to take the photo.

It wrote alongside the image: “Now there’s a nice surprise at The Mulberry today. Casually working and look who has time to take a selfie with our manager Jackie. It’s only Ant from I’m a celeb.”

Stunned fans gushed over the photo in the comments.

One wrote: “Where was Dec i wonder? Brilliant pic x”. [sic]

Another added: “Very exciting that Ant’s in town!”

Meanwhile a third added: “Great. That was nice of him to stop and chat. Hope hes enjoying himself xx”. [sic]

It comes days before the launch of this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

The pair recently posed for a selfie outside Gwrych Castle, where the show will be taking place this year instead of Australia due to the pandemic.

As the TV duo posted the selfie on their shared Instagram account, they wrote in the caption: “We’re heeerrrreee! Kings of the castle or a pair of dirty rascals? #imaceleb @imacelebrity @itv”.

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The lineup was also announced recently and includes Shane Richie, Jessica Plummer, Vernon Kay and AJ Pritchard.

It was unsure if AJ, 26, would be able to take part in this year’s show as he tested positive for coronavirus days before the launch.

However, a later test came back negative and AJ is now reportedly ready to head into the castle, a spokesperson for AJ confirmed to Mail Online.

A source added to the publication: “It is a huge relief, luckily AJ hasn't suffered at all with the virus – and was able to recover quickly.

“Thankfully his test result has come back negative so he has been given the all clear to go ahead with the show.

“He is so excited to take part, a positive test result at this last stage would have been devastating.”

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