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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Young Carlisle fan in tears after band refuse to sign autograph book

A young girl was left in tears after vocal group The Overtones refused to sign her autograph book.

Mia Napoli photo
Mia Napoli, left, and her cousin Piera Williamson

Mia Napoli, 11, of Carlisle, was upset when she was told by members of the band that they would only sign official merchandise.

She had bought a new autograph book before the event and had hoped the band members would be the first to put their signatures in it.

Mia had been taken to see the group when they played a concert at The Sands Centre on March 6.

The tickets to the event had been a present from her mum, Nina. Both went to the show with Piera Williamson, who is Mia’s cousin.

After the concert finished they all waited in a queue for 15 minutes to get autographs.

Nina, 42, who lives with her daughter in Richardson Street, Denton Holme, Carlisle, said: “It was quite a long queue and then we got to the front and they told the girls because they hadn’t got their merchandise they said they couldn’t sign their books.”

Both girls were upset by the response. Mia broke into tears and ran out of the building, with Nina chasing her. “She said she just wanted to go home,” she said.

Nina told the News & Star the band had mentioned a “timescale” to her but added: “It wasn’t going to take them longer to sign an autograph book than their own merchandise.”

Nina added that Mia, who attends Trinity School, has not spoken about the event since.

“She enjoyed the show, she was up dancing and had a really good time and it just kind of deflated her at the end,” she said.

The Overtones were unavailable for comment despite requests from the News & Star.

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