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X Factor or South Shields service?

X Factor or South Shields service?

Peter Johnson Funerals in South Shields was missing a soloist from its annual memorial service, as local girl Jade Thirlwall, previously a regular at the service, was committed to TV talent show The X Factor as part of winning girl band Little Mix.

“Unfortunately, Jade couldn’t be with us this year as the date clashed with her TV commitments,” said partner Moira Johnson. “Fortunately, because our local area seems to produce so much talent, we had the wonderful voices of Melissa Cavanagh and James Hedley, with the angelic sound of local Harton Primary School Choir.”

Peter said The Rev Paul Kennedy of Saint Michael and All Angels church had “very graciously” agreed to accommodate the service, held on 16 November. His church has one of the largest capacities locally, and is able to seat almost 600.

“We have always been able to accommodate everyone who turns up but now finding seats for them all is becoming a real challenge,” added Peter.

Thanks to the congregation’s generosity in the retiring collection, PJF’s chosen charity, the building fund for local children’s hospice Grace House North East, stands to benefit by about £1,000.

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