Jason Orange impersonator escapes the sack from Sunderland Take That tribute act

Ross Petty

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It only took a minute for a Sunderland Take That tribute act to keep their Jason Orange.

Ross Petty was worried he’d be out of a job when the singer announced he’d be leaving Take That.

But Re-Take That decided they wanted their Jason back for good.

Ross, 32, from Barnes said: “Jason doesn’t get to do much in the band, but my phone never stopped ringing when it was announced he was leaving, it’s the busiest it’s ever been.

“I had a chat with the band and though Jason is leaving, we decided it’s business as usual for us. We have engagements booked right up until the end of 2015 and people have paid good money to see us.

“You won’t ever get to see bands like The Beatles in their original line up play live ever again, which is why tribute bands are so successful.

“Take That has a back catalogue of 25 years, so though Jason won’t be on new material, he’s still on all the classic Take That tracks.”

Re-Take That - also made up of Paul Waite as Gary, Peter Waite as Howard, David Cross as Mark and Mikey Barber as Robbie - are one of the most popular acts on the tribute circuit and perform across the country.

Their next Wearside gig is at Rainton Meadows Arena on October 17.

Over the years they’ve accrued a loyal fan base and have even earned praise from Jason Orange himself for their attention to detail.

Ross, a former Thornhill School pupil, said: “Jason’s brother, Justin, was DJing at an event we were performing at and Jason had come along to watch him.

“He spent a good couple of hours talking to us and was actually a really nice guy. He was really complimentary towards us, he said he was blown away by our attention to detail, from our vocals to our stitching in our costumes.”

He added: “It’s a shame Jason’s leaving but he’s always been one to shy away from media attention. He’s in his mid-40s now and he was always known for his break-dancing and high energy dance routines. He’s a bit of a deep thinker and he probably thinks that if he can’t do those routines to the best of his ability, it’s time to step down.”

Since re-forming, Take That have wowed Wearside choosing to open their Circus tour at the Stadium of Light in 2009 and returning to open their Progress tour here in 2011.