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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Star Emeli Sandé’s Ulverston roots

A MUM has told how her daughter used to be best buddies with pop sensation Emeli Sandé when she lived in Ulverston.

The 26-year-old songstress lived locally for about two years and her mum Diane was a dinner lady at Croftlands Infant and Nursery School in Ulverston.

The Ulverston mum, who wishes to remain anonymous, said her daughter was good friends with Emeli and they were often in each other’s houses.

She said: “She was a lovely, friendly little girl and very confident. About a year before she became big my daughter Googled her and found her singing on YouTube. She was amazed at how good she was. She still had her dark hair then but we knew it was Adele.

“I really wish we had kept in touch now. I had their address. I remember cooking her tea and her coming around to our house and my daughter to hers.

“I had a lot in common with her mum as we both went to Whitehaven School.

“She really was a lovely girl. Mind you she didn’t show any musical ability back then.”

Lesley Brown, a teaching assistant at the Oakwood Drive school, remembers Emeli as “a gorgeous little girl” and she is delighted that she has done so well.

Emeli was then known as Adele and she was born in the North East before moving to live with family in Lightburn Avenue and then moving to a council house on Croftlands.

She started the nursery at three and moved into the reception class at four. After 18 months the family moved to Scotland.

Mrs Brown, 57, a higher level teaching assistant from Ulverston said: “I remember her being in pre-school and then she moved into reception. She was a gorgeous little girl.

“Someone said to me that I had a claim to fame and I realised that the Adele I knew all those years ago was Emeli Sandé.”

Emeli took her first steps towards fame after she featured on the track Diamond Rings by the rapper Chipmunk in 2009. In 2012 she received the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice Award. She has written for a number of artists, including Alicia Keys, Cher Lloyd, Parade, Susan Boyle, Gabrielle, Preeya Kalidas, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Alesha Dixon, Cheryl Cole, Tinie Tempah, Ella Henderson and Mutya Keisha Siobhan.

She released her first solo single Heaven in August 2011 and has had three number-one singles across the UK and Ireland with Read All About It with Professor Green, Next to Me and Beneath Your Beautiful, a collaboration with Labrinth.

Emeli’s album Our Version of Events spent seven non-consecutive weeks at number one and became the best-selling album of 2012 in the UK, with more than one million sales. In 2012 she performed in both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.

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