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Sisters meet pop idols

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 11, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Members of the pop band Union J with Tilly Griffiths (third from the left) and her sister Candice (fifth from the left).

Members of the pop band Union J with Tilly Griffiths (third from the left) and her sister Candice (fifth from the left).

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A TEENAGER who uses a special mobility scooter to get around was treated to a special get-together with her pop star heroes last month.

Thirteen-year-old Tilly Griffiths of Cheddleton, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, was treated to a 'meet and greet' with pop band Union J, along with her older sister Candice, aged 15.

The pair spent 10 minutes chatting to the four members of the group, before watching the band showcase their talents on stage at Manchester Apollo.

Tilly's mum Jackie Griffiths said: "Tilly and Candice had a 'meet and greet' with Union J for Christmas and Tilly took them one of her Tilly Smiles books.

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"They chatted for about 10 minutes and expressed real interest in Tilly and Candice, their experiences, hopes for the future and their involvement with Caudwell Children."

The 'meet and greet' was not the only special treatment Tilly had that evening. Jackie added: "Amazingly, during the concert one of the band, Jaymi, virtually stopped the concert and announced 'There's one girl I'd like to give a mention, one of the most inspirational girls I've met on this whole tour - and it's Tilly down here. She's a true inspiration - let's have a massive round of applause'.

"George then called out, 'Love you Tilly' and then JJ added, 'We love you Tilly'.

"You can imagine the impact this had on Tilly who burst into floods of tears as she was so overcome with this surprise announcement.

"The band spent the rest of the concert smiling, waving and blowing kisses to Tilly and Candice, no doubt unaware of how much their genuine interest in them and their public gesture of support for Tilly meant to them.

"Tilly is still floating on Cloud 99."

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