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Dec makes rare appearance without Ant at awards

One half of Ant and Dec - Declan Donnelly - pictured with their Television Personality of the Year award. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He may be better known as one half of Ant and Dec, but Declan Donnelly made a rare solo appearance today after his on-screen partner fell ill.

Donnelly attended the Tric Awards without Ant McPartlin, where the Britain's Got Talent and I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! duo won the award for TV Personality Of The Year.

As he took to the stage to accept the award, Donnelly said it was "strangely liberating" to be alone at such an event.

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are usually pictured together. Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

"Ant is in bed with a bug, he's vomiting. He can't be here, but I have to say that it's strangely liberating" the presenter said.

"I'll be honest with you, it's what I wanted," he joked, adding that it was wonderful McPartlin "was not here ruining my day".

Afterwards he tweeted:

ITV show I'm A Celebrity, which Ant and Dec present, took the Tric Special Award.