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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Cumbrian teens grab chance to back McFly at Whitehaven Festival

Cumbrian teenagers The 45s will support chart-toppers McFly at Whitehaven Festival next Friday.

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The 45s, from left, Thomas Hamilton-Hughes, Bailey Clingbold, Joe Wyatt and James Green

Sixteen-year-olds Bailey Claringbold, James Green, Tom Hamilton-Hughes and Joe Wyatt are sitting GCSEs at Nelson Thomlinson School in Wigton.

They formed The 45s last year and are influenced by 1960s bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, as well as blues singers including Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

The McFly concert takes place at Whitehaven harbour next Friday night.

Last March The 45s supported Wilko Johnson, former guitarist with Dr Feelgood, at a concert in Glasgow.

McFly have been one of the biggest bands in Britain since bursting onto the scene in 2004.

They have had seven number one singles, including Five Colours In Her Hair, Obviously and All About You.

Last year McFly were supported by another teenage Cumbrian band, The Alleys, at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.

The Alleys won a Radio 1 competition after uploading a video of a performance to McFly’s website and Facebook page.

Meanwhile, an appeal has gone out to all Whitehaven Festival-goers to check their tickets.

This year, for the first time, festival-organisers decided to issue tickets electronically as PDF files.

Customers were informed of this when they bought the tickets, and again in the email confirmation. The email containing the PDF attachment should have then been received a few days later.

However, with a week to go before the festival kicks off, organiser Gerard Richardson said he was dealing with about 20 people a day who complain they have not received their tickets.

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