With more than half a million Twitter followers you could be forgiven for thinking boy band Union J already has enough fans to back them all the way to The X Factor final.
But one of the band’s biggest supporters, and singer Jamie Hamblett’s dad, Paul Hamblett, has decided to hit the streets of Newmarket to encourage even more people to vote for the boys.
Mr Hamblett teamed up with the Journal to hand out our Fly the Flag for Union J campaign posters to shops, restaurants and businesses in Newmarket and the surrounding towns and villages.
“About 175,000 people started The X Factor journey and Union J is now one of the final seven,” said Mr Hamblett, a retired race rider who now works as a mobile cleaner.
“We want to get posters in as many shops as we can in Newmarket to give the band the support that they deserve.”
Mr Hamblett said watching Jamie’s success on the ITV talent show had been “surreal and exciting” for his family, including mum Karin, brother Ashley, 26, and seven-year-old sister Otea, who travel to London every weekend to watch Union J perform.
He said: “It’s something you only dream about. Jamie has always been ambitious and he was always singing as a boy.
“Words can’t describe how we would feel if they were to win the competition. It’s something that they want badly. You could see that by how devastated they were when they were in the bottom two.”
Union J bounced back on Saturday night, with their rendition of Love Story by Taylor Swift, after being saved from elimination by the judges the previous week.
Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger said they gave a “solid and sweet performance”, and the boys’ mentor, Louis Walsh, said “you could be the next big boy band”.
Mr Hamblett said he had no concerns about Jamie taking part in the hit show, which has seen him propelled into the national media spotlight.
“We would never have stood in the way of it because he’s always had his feet firmly on the ground. He has got a heart of gold.”
The next live show, which will be broadcast at 8.20pm on ITV1, will see the boys take on a Best of British theme.
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