Jiving to a serious message

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TV talent show stars have given their backing to an anti-drugs campaign on Wearside.

Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Jive Aces gave Sunderland shoppers a suprise when they put on a live show in Market Square, in support of the Truth About Drugs Campaign.

Earlier this year, the six-piece swing band reached the semi-finals of the ITV1 show after auditioning with more than 60,000 other hopefuls.

Recent highlights have included performing in front of the Queen, as 
well as performances at London’s 
Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square as part of the London 2012 Olympic celebrations.

The Jive Aces were in the North East as part of a tour which included performances at the Roker Hotel and Gala Theatre in Durham.

The band said they were only too happy to put on an afternoon show for the Truth about Drugs Campaign.

Lead singer Ian Clarkson said: “We have supported the Truth About Drugs Campaign for the last 15 years and 
are delighted that we could fit in a performance in the town centre between gigs.

“Drugs are a huge problem worldwide and this campaign is dedicated to getting the true information of the 
harmful effects of each drug into 
the hands of youngsters and their parents so they can see the facts for themselves.”

The band will return to the North East next year as part of a tour promoting their forthcoming album King of the Swingers.

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