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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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BGT winners Collabro sign new album in Carlisle

Devoted Collabro fans queued in Carlisle to meet the pin-ups, as the group chose the city to launch their debut album.

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Collabro, with Matthew Pagan, centre

Devoted Collabro fans queued in Carlisle to meet the pin-ups, as the group chose the city to launch their debut album.

 

The Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) winners held a special meet and greet session with fans who had pre-ordered copies of their CD.

Local lad Matthew Pagan joined the rest of the operatic boyband at HMV to sign copies of their debut disc Stars.

“It’s incredible to be back in Carlisle with such great support and to give something back,” he told the News & Star.

“This is where I started with Staged Right and one of the three people who I owe everything to for my career is David McNeil who runs it. We’re loving it.”

Outside The Lanes’ store crowds gathered to get their copies signed by the five heartthrobs.

Ella Dennison, 11, had no doubt about what she was going to say to her idols.

“I’m going to ask them to marry me,” she gushed. “They’re all amazing singers and so pretty and beautiful.”

Jude Coopland, from Carlisle, brought her 11-year-old daughter Macie along.

She said: “We like musical theatre anyway, but they were definitely the best on Britain’s Got Talent. What’s more, Matt is homegrown talent and it’s great that of all the places they could have gone to launch their album, they picked here, Matt’s home town.”

Some of the young fans in the city are pupils at Matt’s former stage school. Among them was Kira Clinton, 14.

“They’re such good singers,” she insisted. “I’m in Staged Right and Matt took part in the 10th anniversary show we did.

“He was really nice to everyone.”

Even Matt’s number one fan, mum Linda, queued to get her disc signed.

The proud parent said: “It was surreal. I was there queuing to see my son. I was really proud though, chuffed to bits.

“He’s so grateful for all the support he’s had from Carlisle and Cumbria.

“I heard one of their songs on the radio for the first time this morning, and I have to say it brought a lump to my throat.

“It’s something that happens to other people, not your own family.”

Special guest at the event was Currock woman Jodie Vasquez.

Twenty-year-old Jodie, who has who has a rare condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) which has caused many of her internal organs to fail, spent the morning with the boys before the signing.

“Matt has to be my favourite because he’s from Carlisle,” she said.

“They’re all very genuine and are very supportive. They said they want to help. They’re just great.”

Collabro return to Carlisle in January to launch their UK tour at The Sands Centre.

 

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