- Picture of Aldi worker hand in hand with pensioner seen around the world
- Teenager said he's astonished by the reaction it received in UK and abroad
- 95-year-old today also sings praises of the young man who helped him
- Headteacher at teenager's school says he got standing ovation in class
The pensioner who was helped home by a Aldi worker in actions which were praised around the world has thanked the teenager who came to his aid.
Christian Trouesdale walked 95-year-old Bob Malloy home after the elderly man finished his shopping at the budget supermarket in Bolton, Greater Manchester.
A photo of the teenager holding the pensioner's hand as they walked back was sent around the world at the weekend, receiving 300,000 shares on Facebook.
This photo of 18-year-old Aldi worker Christian Trouesdale walking home Bob Molloy, 95, was shared 300,000 times online and has seen the teenager receive praise from around the world
Mr Malloy has now praised the kindness of 18-year-old Christian, who it has emerged received a standing ovation from fellow students at his school.
Widower Mr Malloy said: 'I went into Aldi and this young lad come to me and asked if I needed any help, and I said yes.
'So he picked a basket up and asked me what I wanted, and he put all the things in the basket for me.
'He went to see the manager and asked if he could walk home with me and help with my bags. It is not so far to get home, but it was a big help.
'I thanked him when I got home, because he helped me out and I was glad of it. I got to know him after the first time, he is a really nice lad.
'There are not many lads like him. It is him that needs thanking. Without him, it wouldn't have happened.'
Christian has told of his astonishment that the picture of them became such a hit, with comments posted in Dubai, Melbourne and Florida.
One woman, writing in Spanish, even asked if he was single and was interested in meetings her daughters.
The photo received comments of praise from website users in the USA, Germany and many other countries
Christian's school said they have also been astonished by the reaction.
Paul Canning, director sixth form at Rivington and Blackrod High School, said: 'Christian's actions did not surprise me, he is a really good man.
'However, we are surprised how big it has become. It is lovely to see a good and positive news about teenagers, the majority of teenagers are like this.'
He added: 'Community and citizenship are part of the programme we have at the sixth form alongside the A-level education.
'Christian is very modest but he did get a standing ovation as he walked into one of his classes.'
Christian's father, Darren, added: 'It is amazing how far it has been shared across the world, and the reaction that it has got. Christian said he had seen him the shop before, so he asked if he could help out.'