Ed Sheeran and Courteney Cox have a ball with the NI soccer hero at the festival

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GERRY Armstrong and his wife Debby swapped the talk of soccer for A-listers while watching their friends Snow Patrol perform at the Latitude last weekend.

he popular Northern Ireland football legend keeps it running in the family as Debby is the cousin of the band’s drummer Jonny Quinn.

But not only did they spend time with Snow Patrol, the pair also partied with Friends star and Johnny McDaid’s partner Courteney Cox, as well as Ed Sheeran, who made a surprise appearance.

Though it was all about the music, footie fan Ed Gerry had to worry about his amazing career.

Debby, who runs a hot food stand with Gerry, told Sunday Life: “We had worked too much with Central Fusion (a promoter of festival bars and events) but we had to hang out with Johnny and his brother Bradley during the day and we had to keep it secret hold that Ed performed.

“We spent time with him afterwards. He was such a nice guy. He talked like he’d known you for years.

“He loves Northern Ireland and football. He chatted because Elton John had heard Gerry’s club whenever he was in Watford so he wanted to know all about it.

“We just had the best time ever after working our butts off. We slept in a tent all week, although we upgraded to a larger tent. We had all the staff and Marianna [Gerry’s daughter] came with us so she had the time of her life. She was also in her element backstage.”

Sheeran recently enjoyed some time off following the birth of his second child with wife Cherry Seaborn, but he returned to the spotlight to appear with pal and co-writer Johnny McDaid during their headlines at the Suffolk event.

Snow Patrol, led by Gary Lightbody, stunned fans by bringing Ed onstage for a performance of his hit track Bad Habits, while he later returned to perform Snow Patrol’s track Just Say Yes.

Ed previously performed with the band at the festival when he hosted a secret show there in 2015.

It takes place near the village of Framlingham, Suffolk, where Ed grew up. He has since returned to the area to live with his wife and children.

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