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Stereo Kicks through to next round of the X Factor

Stereo Kicks are staying as an eight-piece band on the show Credit: Twitter/The X Factor

Devon teenager Barclay Beales and his band Stereo Kicks are through to the next round of the X Factor.

The eight-piece boy band was in the bottom two last weekend, staying only when Chloe-Jasmine Whichello lost the sing-off.

But the boys turned it around on Saturday’s show, performing a medley of The Beatles classics “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude”, which was enough to see them straight through to next week.

Their success comes after rumours that at least one member would be made to leave the competition after their mentor Louis Walsh admitted that he never wanted the group to have eight members.

But as he introduced them last night he said “Eight boys, and I did say eight – the ultimate octoband.”

Their performance impressed Simon Cowell, who praised the boys for sticking together and added "Any time you want to leave Louis, and come and join me, I'll mentor you."


Dorset tank stars in Brad Pitt movie

A scene from the film Fury starring a rather large extra from the Tank Museum in Dorset Credit: Columbia Pictures

The new Brad Pitt war film Fury goes on general release today, and one of the other stars of the show is a Sherman Tank supplied by The Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset.

Pitt and his five man crew take it into Germany in the last months of the Second World War.

The Museum is holding an exhibition about its role in the film.

Devon's Joss Stone to release Poppy Appeal single

Joss Stone has teamed up with Jeff Beck to record this year's Poppy Appeal single Credit: PA

Devon singer Joss Stone and guitar veteran Jeff Beck have teamed up to record the official Poppy Appeal single for this year.

The duo have recorded a revamped version of the song No Man's Land.

It will be released on 3 November in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday.

'Baker Street' saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft dies

Raphael Ravenscroft, the British musician behind arguably the best-known sax solo in pop-rock history – Gerry Rafferty's hit ‘Baker Street’ – has died at the age of 60. The Exeter-based saxophonist, whose legendary solo on the 1978 track is celebrated the world over, died after being taken into the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital early on Sunday 19 October.

Ravenscroft, born in Stoke-on-Trent on 4th June 1954, found fame almost overnight following the release of Baker Street in the late 70s. He had already appeared on one disco album by Maxine Nightingale, ‘Right Back Where We Started From’ (1976), as an arranger but emerged as one of pop-rock’s most prominent saxmen with his enduring eight bar riff that propelled Rafferty's song to chart success and inspired an entire generation of saxophonists.

More recently, Ravenscroft became a celebrated member of his local community in Exeter after he organised a charity gala concert in the summer of 2014 in memory of local schoolgirl Nicole Hartup who died after falling from a wall in May this year.

Raphael Ravenscroft Credit: Scarlett Raven


Crediton is backing Barclay Beales

Saturday night promises to be quite an evening for Devon teenager Barclay Beales - as he and his band Stereo Kicks appear in the second of the live X-Factor shows.

It's 80's night on Saturday. Hundreds of people will be voting for him in his hometown of Crediton, as Seth Conway found out when he visited Barclay's old school today:

Boy band's Barclay has high hopes for this weekend

Barclay Beales comes from Bow near Crediton in Devon Credit: ITV

Saturday night promises to be quite a night for Devon teenager Barclay Beales. He and his band Stereo Kicks appear in the second of the live X-Factor shows.

He has the backing of hundreds of people in his hometown of Crediton.

Barclay Beales is one of eight would-be singers that make up Stereo Kicks Credit: ITV

Barclay Beales through to next round in X Factor

Barclay Beales is part of eight-piece boyband Stereo Kicks Credit: ITV News

Devon's X Factor contestant has made it through the first of the live show rounds.

The eight-piece-boyband, now officially named Stereo Kicks, features Barclay Beales who lives in Bow near Crediton,

The band, formed especially for the X-Factor, got through last night's results show, which saw two of the 16 acts exit.

Barclay Beales lives in Bow near Crediton Credit: ITV

Coldplay Chris says no to Freedom of Exeter honour

Chris Martin has turned down the Freedom of Exeter. Credit: Jan Knoff/PA

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has turned down the Freedom of his home town - saying he doesn't deserve it.

The civic honour would give Chris, 37, permission to drive his livestock through the city centre of Exeter and draw his sword in public.

But the singer, who was born in Whitestone on the outskirts of Exeter, says he isn't ready for the award, that dates back to the 13th century.

Previous recipients include Admiral Lord Nelson.

Exeter City Council contacted the musician after an internet campaign was launched to mark his achievement.

He has said he would like to be considered for the award but not at the moment as he hasn't yet done enough for the city.

– Exeter City Council spokesman
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