East 17, 5ive and S Club get sold-out Telford Big Top moving - GALLERY

By Rob Smith | Telford | Telford entertainment | Published:

A trio of pop favourites visited Telford’s Big Top stage to help the town celebrate its 50th birthday last night.

A night for enjoying nostalgia featured East 17, 5ive and S Club who took turns to entertain a sell-out crowd in the giant tent in Telford’s town park.

All three groups found huge success in the 1990s and early 2000s in various iterations, and original members from each have continued carrying the torch for British pop bands.

Boy band East 17, who have been performing in various guises since 1991, took time before their set to meet with fans.

The group, named for the postcode of their home area Walthamstow, split in 1997 despite huge hits such as Stay Another Day but are touring again under the leadership of original member Terry Coldwell, backed by Terry John and Robbie Craig.

Terry John said: “We were really excited to be a part of Telford’s 50th birthday celebrations.

“We’ve seen already since we’ve been here the kind of up and coming place Telford is, and hopefully we will come back here next year as part of a tour.”

Terry Coldwell added:“The best part of it is always the fans and we want to say thanks for their support.

“It has all been very well organised, friendly and it’s a great little venue.


“Telford can be very proud of itself.”

S Club and 5ive also went down an absolute storm with fans, who reminisced while singing along to hits like Don’t Stop Movin’, Reach and Everybody Get Up.

The three original S Club members included Jo O’Meara, Bradley McIntosh and Tina Barrett.

The Telford50 celebration in the Big Top is almost over, and for the last event of the two week programme the Big Sing Gospel Voices choir will perform a varied repertoire of songs on Saturday.

Before that the Black Country’s own comedian Doreen Tipton will entertain on Friday.

The Big Top tent has been assembled in Telford’s town park to facilitate event celebrating the 50th birthdays of both Telford and the Oakengates Theatre.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.


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