A STAR-STRUCK fan had a birthday bash he’ll never forget when one of the biggest British pop stars of the eighties turned up to sing in his back garden.
Martin Taylor, of Asfordby, was overjoyed when Denise Pearson, lead singer with Five Star and now a solo artist, sang at his 42nd birthday party on Saturday.
Dad-of-two Martin has been a huge Five Star fan since the tender age of 12 when the group first arrived on the music scene.
Renowned as Britain’s answer to the Jackson Five, the group, comprising Denise and her four siblings, went on to score six Top 10 singles and had a number one UK album with ‘Silk and Steel’.
The band, which has sold over 10 million albums world-wide, officially disbanded in 2001 though their have been re-unions since.
Outside of Five Star, Denise has worked on various projects and in more recent years has been working on her solo career as well as performing in West End shows and starring as a contestant on last year’s BBC talent show The Voice.
Martin, of Marriott Close, said: “I was a Five Star fan as a teenager and used to go to their house and hang around outside the gates with the other fans.
“Over the last six years or so I’ve gone to see Denise in shows and got to know her better. She’s a lovely woman who is so sincere and likes to know fans appreciate her work.”
He added: “My birthday had been planned for weeks. I rang Denise and asked if she’d mind singing at my party on Saturday night and she said she’d love to.
“To have her singing in my back garden was amazing. I’m so happy she took the time out for me and she made all the guests feel very welcome.
“It was the icing on my birthday cake. She chatted to people between songs and afterwards signed autographs and had her photo taken. She also brought me a personalised birthday and sang Happy Birthday which was awesome.”