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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Britain's Got Talent finalists get Reconnected for two good causes

Britain's Got Talent finalists were Reconnected with Carlisle at a high-profile charity concert.

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Back, from left, Amber Story and dad Mike, Reconnected's Harry Mondryk, organiser Emily Grierson and Reconnected's Matt Fitzgerald and Max Mondryk. Front, from left, singer Mick Locke and son Connor and Olivia Story

The 2010 BGT finalists were in the city to help raise money for meningitis victim Olivia Story after meeting her last year.

The band pledged to play at a fundraising gig in her honour after meeting her at last year’s Border Reiver fun day and then again at the Christmas Lights switch-on.

They took to the stage over the weekend at the Border Reiver pub, on Holmrook Road, which also featured city entertainer Micky Diamond.

He organised the event after almost losing his one-year-old son Conor Locke to the deadly meningitis infection.

This year, the proceeds will be split between the Olivia Story Trust, to help pay for realistic prosthetic limbs for the eight-year-old who lost both legs and an arm to meningitis, and the Great North Air Ambulance.

The gig yesterday, from 12 noon until 5pm, featured Reconnected, who are now managed by entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne.

The group were formed from the boy band, Connected – a finalist in the fourth series of the ITV reality talent show – and are Harry Mondryk, 15, Max Mondryk, 18, and Matthew Fitzgerald, 15. When they were in Carlisle for the 2011 Big Switch On, fans camped for hours to see them.

Joining them at the Border Reiver event were Kelvin Wood (the Mass), Mikey Bromley, Wayne O’Neil, Courtney O’Neil, rock band Deadliest Sin and Band X.

The family event featured an outdoor stage, fun fair, burger van, tombola, raffles, face painting, children’s entertainer, helium balloons, kids’ fancy dress, bouncy castles, karaoke, disco, open mike singing, bingo and more.

Entry was free but donations were collected throughout the day.

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