Dianne Gibbons Writes
REUNIONS are generally happy occasions, but I am not sure about that when it involves pop groups.
I was reading in the nationals last week about a documentary which started on ITV2 on January 31 featuring the popular boy band who formed in 1997, 5ive.
There were also comments by ex Misteeq singer Alesha Dixon, saying she wondered how long it would be before members of many of the groups being featured in the programme would be at each other's throats.
We shall just have to wait and see about that part.
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However, I was reminded of the time when I first met the group in the middle of Hanley.
Now I have been to Woolworths for many things in the past, but to meet a pop group surrounded by avid screaming fans was something quite different.
The boys, Scott Robinson, Ritchie Neville, Abz Love, Sean Conlon and J Brown, were squashed between the counters in the store with their public relations team.
It was, quite literally, mayhem.
It was in the late 90s that I was despatched to Parliament Row, Hanley, to have a chat to them.
Now I think everyone knows what the general reaction to a boy band is – hysteria.
Did I want to get caught up in it? Not really.
It was frenzied as I tried to speak to the guys at the same time as the girls tugged at their clothing and pestered them for autographs.
It did go to prove one thing though, they had definitely arrived on the scene.
Eventually I managed to get a very short chat with Ritchie Neville, who told me they were delighted with the reception they were receiving in Stoke-on-Trent.
He said it was only a flying visit to the city to meet some of their fans in person.
They seemed a happy bunch of lads, lapping up the adoration of their teenage fans.
I have to admit I did not see many males among the crowd.
5ive enjoyed remarkable success worldwide during their four short years in the spotlight before they split up.
Having started in 1997, they notched up a very impressive 20 million record sales worldwide, 11 top ten singles and four top ten albums in the UK.
I am looking forward to see how the line-up, now minus J Brown, will get on with their televised reunion. Good luck guys.