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Former Carlisle girl Rumer stars at Glastonbury Festival

A former Carlisle schoolgirl took to the main stage at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday for her biggest-ever gig.

Pop star Rumer performed on the Pyramid stage in front of thousands of people just ahead of Tinie Tempah, Elbow and music leviathans Coldplay.

Rumer, real name Sarah Joyce, recently returned to her old school in Carlisle to perform and judge a talent show. The 31-year-old attended Newman School and lived on Wentworth Drive in Lowry Hill with her father. She left Carlisle at 16 to pursue a music career.

Rumer was recently nominated for two Brit Awards and has appeared on Later with Jools Holland with her song Slow.

The Somerset festival is one of the biggest music events in the country and this year’s headliners include Beyonce and U2.

While Rumer was performing on the Pyramid Stage, Jessie J was singing on The Other Stage.

Sarah spent the early years of her life in Pakistan, where her father was the chief engineer of the enormous Tarbela Dam, 30 miles to the north west of Islamabad.

She moved to Carlisle when her parents split up.

Rumer has been described as one of the most exciting new talents of the moment. Her song Slow was named Single of the Week on Radio 2 and her career has taken off since she signed a record deal with Warner Atlantic.

Rumer’s debut album Seasons Of My Soul was released in November.

Its success has propelled her from Glastonbury’s Greenpeace stage last year to the Pyramid Stage this year.

  • A man in his 50s has been found dead in a portable toilet in the VIP area at Glastonbury Festival. The body was discovered by officers shortly after 9am, Avon and Somerset Police said. A distraught woman, staying in the backstage area between the Pyramid and Other stages, was seen being comforted by officers.
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