Homecoming for Little Boots

She’s Blackpool’s very own music sensation and for singer and DJ Little Boots, there’s nothing quite like coming home.

The 28-year-old, from Thornton, was at the HMV store in Blackpool town centre to sign copies of her new album, Nocturnes, and meet fans.

Daisy and Millie Balshaw, from Highcross Road, Poulton, with Little Boots. Below: Fans at Blackpool HMV queue up to meet the star.

Daisy and Millie Balshaw, from Highcross Road, Poulton, with Little Boots. Below: Fans at Blackpool HMV queue up to meet the star.

Little Boots – real name Victoria Hesketh – said it was great to be back in Blackpool.

She added: “It’s really good to come back to the town and meet all the fans – I’ve just been to Tower Ballroom, all the nostalgia is wonderful.”

The personal appearance followed a commitment made by the singer that she would visit the Bank Hey Street store if the music store chain came out of administration.

She said: “I’m so pleased that Blackpool HMV is staying open – it’s where I bought my first album and it’s an honour that people are now buying my album in the same shop! The new record has quite a bit of dance to it and it has much more of my own take on things. I’ve just finished touring in Singapore and Hong Kong and I have a gig in Manchester next week to look forward to – I’m keeping very busy, it’s exciting.”

Fans at Blackpool HMV queue up to meet the star.

Fans at Blackpool HMV queue up to meet the star.

Neil Carpenter, HMV Blackpool store manager, added: “We were privileged to host an appearance by Little Boots when her debut album Hands came out in 2009, and since that time she’s been hugely supportive and we’ve felt a close affinity with her.

“Although highly talented, Little Boots remains really accessible and close to her fans, so you could say she’s kept her feet firmly on the ground. I love her new album and hope it is successful.”

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Little Boots – a little bit of history

Little Boots, whose real name is Victoria Hesketh, has three brothers and, in her time on the Fylde coast, she was a pupil at Rossall School.

She studied cultural studies at the University of Leeds.

She entered the Pop Idol competition at the age of 16 – not getting through to the judges’ round.

But she shot to stardom on the Jools Holland show.

Little Boots was named BBC Sound of Music in 2009 – seeing off competition from Florence and the Machine, Lady Gaga and La Roux.

She was a support act to the Scissor Sisters last year in London.

Nocturnes was released on May 6, through On Repeat Records.

For more information go to www.littlebootsmusic.co.uk.

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