Slade legend Noddy Holder looks totally unrecognisable with white hair and beard

Eamonn Holmes was given a helping hand by an unusual escort earlier this week in the form of Slade singer Noddy Holder.

GB News presenter Eamonn, 63, is currently on crutches as he continues to recover from a back operation. Noddy, 77, meanwhile, who is famed for his band's festive hit, Merry Xmas Everybody, looked unrecognisable as the pair posed for a photograph together.

The rocker, in his trademark tartan scarf, appeared worlds away from his 1970s heyday as he smiled for the camera. With glasses and grey hair, the music legend helped Eamonn climb into a taxi following an appointment.

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Taking to Instagram afterwards, former This Morning star Eamonn wrote: "Found myself with an all time hero, Noddy Holder of Slade. Considerate, helpful, interesting and nice doesn't even begin to cover how he looked after me today."

He continued: "I was on crutches and he personally escorted me to my taxi. Big Star, Small Ego." It prompted fans to express their delight at the unlikely pairing, with one user commenting: "What a lovely man. People should look after each other. My dad used to say to me. Do one good turn a day It with make you feel better every day x."

Another added: "He’s a midlander what else would one expect lol x great that you got the help you needed what a kind soul he is xx." A third declared: "Two absolute gents I’d say." A fourth wrote: "Love it – Noddy is looking great too and it’s not even Christmas yet!" And a fifth said: "Two legends together and both gentlemen – looking great and very smart the pair of you."

Noddy formed Slade in his native Wolverhampton alongside Jim Lea, Don Powell and Dave Hill in 1966. An incarnation of the band is still on the go, albeit only with Hill from its original lineup.

Eamonn, meanwhile, recently shared a concerning update in which he admitted he's unable to walk or run. Speaking on his return to GB News following his surgery, he confessed: "I just got problems last year in my back, which I haven't recovered from and I can't run, I can't walk, I can't do anything except watch TV and eat. It's not good, it's not a good recipe I have to say".

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Eamonn had been speaking to guest Tim Franklin, who is aiming to run around the world. Turning to Tim, Eamonn branded him "a good motivation for all of us", commending him for his challenge.

Asked how he remains motivated himself, explained that it comes and goes, but developing the habit of running long distances is key. But he added that commitment to the behaviour is also necessary otherwise, the goals being set will never be met. "Because you're gonna go dip and, you know [go through] peaks and troughs," he said.

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