Afternoon tea with Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry with Katy Wheeler and Cara Houchen at Serendipity in Frederick Street, Sunderland,

Joe McElderry with Katy Wheeler and Cara Houchen at Serendipity in Frederick Street, Sunderland,

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ALL-ROUND nice guy Joe McElderry popped into Serendipity cafe on Frederick Street this week.

He was at the tea rooms to promote a Diamond Jubilee lunch, so we took the chance to share afternoon tea with him.

Supping from vintage tea cups, we felt most refined as he talked us through his latest album.

“I’m recording it at the minute,” he said. “And I’m planning on releasing it in September, October time.

“I’ve taken time out to do it and it has songs which hopefully show growth with a modern edge.”

Speaking about how he maintains a career in an industry which often chews up and spits out reality TV show winners, he said: “I work hard and give it my all, so I don’t see it as surviving in the industry, I just see it as working hard.”