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REACH for the stars – they're on their way to town!It has been announced today that S Club, S Club Juniors and Sarah Whatmore are coming to Ipswich to headline a spectacular free charity event.

By Jo Macdonald

REACH for the stars – they're on their way to town!

It has been announced today that S Club, S Club Juniors and Sarah Whatmore are coming to Ipswich to headline a spectacular free charity event.

The popstars will be performing outside Portman Road football ground on November 15 in support of Children in Need.

S Club are regular supporters of the BBC charity. For the last two years they have sung the official fundraising singles – Never Had A Dream Come True and Have You Ever?

As a band they have enjoyed a string of chart hits and number ones and although Rachel, Tina, Hannah, Jo, Bradley and Jon recently said goodbye to band member Paul and subsequently dropped the 7 from their name, there is no sign of an end to their success.

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S Club Juniors are the younger members of the S Club family. Put together to support the seniors on tour, the eight youngsters – Aaron, Calvin, Daisy, Frankie, Hannah, Jay, Rochelle and Stacey – have gone on to enjoy fame and chart hits of their own. Their most recent hit, New Direction, which was co-written by Ipswich man Ricky Hanley, went straight into the charts at number two and their first album, Together, debuted at number five on Sunday.

Completing the line-up of chart stars is Sarah Whatmore who entered Pop Idol and although never reached the final ten, caught the eye of Simon Cowell who subsequently signed her. She secured her first chart hit and a lot of fans with her debut single, When I Lost You.

The music does not end there, however. Joining the well-known stars at the regional Children in Need bash are three East Anglian bands, including Ipswich's own Rosco. Fronted by Erica Nicholls the band are one of Suffolk's most popular and they are looking forward to performing for a home crowd at such a spectacular event.

Eight-piece band Bless-d, who come from Essex and have performed with acts including Blue, Wyclef, Kylie and Westlife, and Essex quartet Heat complete the musical line-up.

The star spotting goes on though as Blue Peter's Simon Thomas and CBBC's Angellica Bell will also be at the event which promises to be bursting with music, fun and entertainment.

About 15,000 people are expected to converge on Portman Road for the Children in Need concert which will feature on national television coverage of the annual BBC charity event.

It has been organised in partnership between the BBC and Ipswich Borough Council and is supported by Ipswich Town Football Club.

BBC Radio Suffolk's Mark Murphy will compere the show while Stewart White will also be there for BBC Look East.

Money for Children in Need can be collected on the night so people are invited to take their donations along to the football club.

Donations can also be made by calling the charity's pledge lines on 0845 733 22 33. For fundraising packs call 0845 607 33 33.

n The Children in Need Concert will take place in the car park outside Portman Road football ground from 7pm to 10pm on November 15.

Weblink: www.bbc.co.uk/cin





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