Little Mix have paid a special salute to their biggest fan.
Sunderland schoolgirl Bethany Taylor, ten, was given the best singing lesson ever when Britain’s biggest girl band paid her a visit at school.
The four-piece, whose hits include Salute, Wings and Move, found time in their busy schedule to go to Diamond Hall Junior School in Millfield to meet Bethany after seeing her singing their hits on YouTube.
They then burst in on a special assembly to surprise the whole school.
The visit was arranged by Sun FM who’ve been scouring the city to find Sunderland’s biggest Little Mixer.
Excited Bethany said: “I was in the middle of my singing lesson and Little Mix just came in. I was really shocked and surprised. I cried a little bit. I really enjoy singing and they are my inspiration. I’ll never forget this.”
The schoolgirl was nominated by mum Katie Taylor, 30, who says singing is her daughter’s passion.
“Bethany just loves singing and she often puts songs of herself singing Little Mix on YouTube,” she said. “She’d been asking me to pay for singing lessons for Christmas, but I’m a single parent and I just couldn’t afford them at that time of year.
“I felt awful, so I promised her she could have them after Christmas. In the meantime, the school choir teacher, Mrs Cunnigham, took me to one side and said Bethany was fantastic and could she give her private lessons. The school head heard about it and offered to pay for them, which is just brilliant of them.”
Bethany was at Derwent Hill on a school trip today, but was brought back especially for the surprise lesson.
Bethany hasn’t shut up since. They were lovely with her. They said they’d watched her on You Tube and that she was great.Katie Taylor
The band spent around half an hour at the school, giving her tips, before surprising the rest of the school in assembly.
“They were lovely,” said Katie, who is also mum to Riley, four. “The whole school was so excited and they were hi-fiving all the kids on the way out.
“Bethany hasn’t shut up since. They were lovely with her. They said they’d watched her on You Tube and that she was great.”
The band, which includes South Shields girls Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall, ran the As If By Magic contest with Sun FM to mark the release of new single, Black Magic.
It was a return to an old stomping ground for Jade who used to sing in pubs around Sunderland before hitting the big time.