Jedward fans know no bounds

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Superfans will be travelling for thousands of miles to see Jedward perform in Selsey and Fareham this weekend.

Fans whose love knows no bounds will come from as far afield as Australia and Germany are to see the perky Irish pop stars.

The twins who found fame on The X Factor and achieved a No 2 single with Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) (as well as representing Ireland twice in the Eurovision Song Contest and making it to the final of Celebrity Big Brother) appear at Bunn Leisure Holiday Park in Selsey on Saturday and Ferneham Hall in Fareham on Sunday, as part of a six-date mini tour.

Bunn Leisure’s operations director Mike Caven says: ‘It seems Jedward really are a global phenomenon. So far we’ve had bookings from France, Australia, Norway, Finland and Australia and we’re still getting enquiries from all over the place for the few places that we have available. We’re looking forward to welcoming them all to Bunn Leisure for what should be a “Jepic” weekend.’

Devoted Patricia Washbrook will be travelling more than 10,000 miles, from Adelaide, Australia, to see the duo – real names John and Edward Grimes.

Patricia, 40, who moved Down Under from Bolton 15 years ago, will be spending around £3,000 on flights, accommodation and tickets on her mission to see Jedward at each date of their tour.

She says: ‘Because I’d been in Australia I didn’t even realise what The X Factor was. But I saw them, and thought they were treated very unfairly and I think my maternal instincts kicked in.

‘They have got magnetic personalities. When you meet them and know about them they have got such charisma.

‘They have got such loyal fans because of how they treat them. You couldn’t ask for two nicer boys.’

Also in the crowd will be dedicated UK-based superfans Julie Atkin and Laura Morris, who have been to more than 150 performances.

Laura, 30, of Poole, can claim to be one of Jedward’s longest-serving fans – she met them at their very first X Factor audition in 2009.

Laura had gone to the talent show’s auditions ‘for a laugh’ and was behind the Irish duo as they queued up to impress the judges.

Although Laura’s own efforts didn’t get her through the audition process, she remained friendly with John and Edward and returned to the live shows week after week to support the pair.

She then began to follow them round the country as they performed on the X Factor tour, at personal appearances and on their own tour.

She met Julie, 53 and also from Poole, on a Jedward internet forum and after they saw each other at the twins’ gigs, they began to travel to see the pop duo together.

Says Laura: ‘The best thing is the road trips when we follow them around. We’ll go to the gig and then go back to the hotel, have a takeaway and watch Jedward concert videos. We’ll be on Twitter and the boys will be on there and everyone will be talking about the show.’

Other fans can join the fun with tickets for the Selsey show free to those staying in the park. Breaks start at £31 to pitch a tent on Friday and Saturday or £46 per person to stay in a caravan. See bunnleisure.co.uk or call 01243 606080.

Ferneham Hall tickets cost £25 to £27 from fernehamhall.co.uk or 01329 824861.