Jason Donovan has left his namesake Bristol kebab van a five-star review after his surprise appearance on last night’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
The former Neighbours star surprised everyone on the Ant & Dec ITV show last night, when he joined Andi Peters in Bristol and tucked into a kebab from the Jason Donervan food van, which is usually based on the Triangle in Clifton.
He emerged from the crowd, grabbed his kebab with a smile, before posing for photos when the filming had stopped and leaving in a limo.
On his Instagram stories this evening (March 6), he shared a still from the show, which showed him with a mouthful of kebab in front of the van, and wrote: “What can you say… The ultimate compliment! A ‘Donner Van’ named after you…
“Does not get better than this.”
He also gave Jason Donervan five stars and tagged it, as well as Ant & Dec and Saturday Night Takeaway, in his story.
But he wasn’t the only one who seemed to enjoy the experience – fans of the ITV show, as well as the legendary Bristol food van, took to Twitter and other social channels following the star’s appearance, to share their thoughts on what had just happened.
One Twitter user – @giovansouness – wrote: “Jason Donovan finally made the pilgrimage to the Jason Donervan. Hopefully things like this will help restore balance to the world”.
Another – @bakes_80 – simply said: “History in the making!! Bristol heritage right there…”
A third called the moment “brilliantly Bristol! Warms my heart to see it!”
And @NeighTweets, an account devoted to commenting on the soap’s storylines, commented: “The world is a bit c**p at the moment, but we can all find pleasure in seeing Jason Donovan at the Jason Donervan.”
While @see75 said: “The best bit of the week! Jason Donovan actually turning up for a kebab from the Jason Donervan!! Genius!!”
And former Bristol student, @TriScapel, said it reminded her of her time here, writing: “Memories of @BristolUni.. I used to stagger past the Jason Donervan and occasionally stop for chips on a regular basis! 1. I can’t believe it’s still there, 2. I can’t believe Jason Donovan was actually there. How did this happen?!”
Other Bristol Uni alumni called it “epic”, while some were more focused on the amount of meat the former Neighbours actor was given.
Twitter user @Scoundrelicious tweeted: “Last night Jason Donovan visited Jason Donervan and I’m fuming. No late night kebab van gives you this much meat.
“I bet he got it for free too.”
Meanwhile, over on Reddit, viewers of the show had spent much of the evening coming up with other ‘punny’ food van names.
One user asked: “How much is he kicking himself for not calling it ‘Kebabela Vanderson’ (or something), to which another suggested the name of ‘Skebablet Johvansson’.
And if you’re wondering why Andi Peters, Jason Donovan and a mass crowd of fans had gathered around the much-loved food van – it was all part of a new segment on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway which sees Andi Peters travel the length and breadth of the country to visit ‘punny’ food vans.
To use the words of one social media poster – “everyone remembers where they were when Jason Donovan finally met Jason Donervan”.
Where were you? Let us know in the comments below – or share your memories of the Jason Donervan below. We’d love to hear them.
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