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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Britain's Got Talent star performs at Carlisle school

A TV talent show star proved he has not forgotten his roots when he paid a special visit to his former school.

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Matthew Pagan with pupils at Richard Rose Central Academy in Carlisle

Matthew Pagan, 20, had returned home to visit family in the St Ann’s area of Carlisle but agreed to carry out a one-off performance for students at the city’s Richard Rose Central Academy.

The former shop worker is one-fifth of Collabro, a boyband who earned a standing ovation from Britain’s Got Talent judges after their audition.

Since that appearance last month, Matthew and his fellow bandmates have had a true glimpse of the celebrity experience with fans stopping them in the street for autographs.

Despite this taste of fame, Matthew told the News & Star that he was delighted to have been invited to the academy.

“I got an amazing reception,” he enthused.

“I went in at lunchtime and gave a performance to the whole school, and took lots of photographs and signed autographs.

“It was about six years ago that I was there, but a lot of the teachers still there taught me.

“They made me feel very welcome. It was nice to see some familiar faces.”

The singing sensation had a particular impact on the female students, with social media sites being swamped with photographs of Matthew.

As part of his visit, he took to the stage for a solo performance of Stars – the Les Miserables song which earned Collabro their reputation as one of the ones to watch in this year’s television series.

Headteacher Neil Hutchinson said: “It was a fabulous performance – just him and the microphone. Our students clapped and applauded and really enjoyed having a star at lunchtime.

“It was an opportunity from our perspective to show that success can come from hard work.

“Matthew is a great role model for the boys and he certainly entertained the girls.”

Matthew added: “I wanted to show that if you just stick in, put your head down and get on with things, the time will come when you do find what you’re good at and hopefully things will come of it.”

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