WIN: A copy of BGT winners Collabro’s new book

THEIR STORIES ... boy band Collabro, including North East singer Jamie Lambert, centre.

THEIR STORIES ... boy band Collabro, including North East singer Jamie Lambert, centre.

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HE may only be 25, but Jamie Lambert this week released an autobiography with band Collabro.

The chart-topping theatrical boy band have had a whirlwind year which has seen them win Britain’s Got Talent, have a No1 single and album and go on a UK tour.

Jamie, who was once a regular on stage at The Customs House, says Collabro: Our Story gives fans the chance to know them better.

“We each have a chapter for a story and it’s very detailed,” said the former South Tyneside District Hospital worker. “It was really nice to go back and examine our pasts for the book. There’s a lot of embarrassing photos in there.

“I had a really happy childhood but it deals with things like my parents’ divorce, we’ve all been really open.”

As well as their personal stories, the book looks at their experience as a band: behind the scenes at Britain’s Got Talent, performing at Brighton Pride, Johnny Wilkinson’s testimonial, singing with Alfie Boe and Michael Ball and the Royal Variety Performance, where they met Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Jamie says his love of classical music was sparked by his childhood in the North East.

He said: “I remember going to see shows like Starlight Express at the Sunderland Empire. It’s such a great venue. I’d love to play there one day.” The closest Jamie’s got to performing at home with the band was when they played Newcastle City Hall last month as part of their tour.

“It was phenomenal playing in the North East,” said Jamie. “Everyone was on their feet and they were probably the best crowd on the tour.”

The band are busy recording their second album which will be released in June.

n We’ve teamed up with Blink Publishing to give away two copies of Collabro Our Story worth £16.99 each.

 To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: Which ITV talent show did Collabro win?

Email your answer, address and contact number to Vicki.Newman@jpress.co.uk.

Closing date: March 19.

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