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Robbie Williams makes Jarrow girl’s dream come true

ON SONG ... Jade, second left, front row, on stage with Robbie Williams in Newcastle.
ON SONG ... Jade, second left, front row, on stage with Robbie Williams in Newcastle.

A DREAM came true for a South Tyneside schoolgirl when she performed on stage with her pop idol Robbie Williams.

Jade Pires, 10, a pupil at Epinay Business and Enterprise School, in Clervaux Terrace, Jarrow, could not believe her luck when she was selected to sing with the former Take That member, at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, on Sunday and Monday night.

Epinay School pupil Jade Pires who performed on stage at the Metro Radio Arena with Robbie Williams

Epinay School pupil Jade Pires who performed on stage at the Metro Radio Arena with Robbie Williams

Jade, who loves to sing and dance at school, successfully auditioned for the chance to appear with Robbie Williams, singing the song, High Hopes.

The talented schoolgirl, who lives in Hebburn, with proud parents Anna and Chico, and sister, Chiela, has been singing and dancing for as long as she can remember.

She attends Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Newcastle every weekend and would like to sing and dance professionally, or even star in the movies.

When asked what it was like to appear with Robbie Williams, Jade, who is also learning to play the piano, said: “Being on stage with Robbie was amazing, exciting and beautiful.”

Hilary Harrison, headteacher at the Jarrow school, said that such high-profile appearances by pupils boosts their confidence and helps them across the whole curriculum.

She added: “We are keen to promote individualised learning and to recognize talent in particular areas such as this.

“We are absolutely delighted for Jade, and she is a representative of some of the talent that is at Epinay School.”

Angela Salkeld, principal of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, said that she recognised the “raw talent” in Jade and predicted her skills and confidence will continue to develop over time.

Williams – who has sold more than 77 million albums and singles worldwide – is on the road with his Swings Both Ways tour.

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