Dream day for Lance

PUBLISHED: 02:01 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

A STARS in their Eyes singer's dream came true after fighting for five years to get his prize to see a performance by Ronan Keating. Lance Vernon, of Exeter Road, Exmouth, starred in the Granada TV series in 2003, impersonating Ronan Keating from the po

A STARS in their Eyes singer's dream came true - after fighting for five years to get his prize to see a performance by Ronan Keating.Lance Vernon, of Exeter Road, Exmouth, starred in the Granada TV series in 2003, impersonating Ronan Keating from the popular boy-band Boyzone.The then 16-year-old came second at the live show and was promised on air, by the presenter, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a Ronan Keating performance, complete with backstage passes.But it took Lance and his mum, Shirley Hunt, five years of constant battling to get the promised Ronan ticket.Shirley Hunt, 43, said: "They have taken a lot of time to send the ticket. I wasted months trying to get through to them. "They offered Lance one, which he could not make, and that was it."Lance's mum picked up what was to become a crusade, wanting to get the ticket for his 21st birthday. After months of communications with Ronan's PR agents, the ticket finally arrived for a show in Cardiff.Lance said: "It was great. Obviously, I would have preferred to have seen him earlier, but it was still really good. Ronan was really cool and he made me sing in front of him."The television show ended in 2006, which was part of the reason why Lance was never able to get his Keating ticket.The PR company said: "There is no malice. It's just that everyone moves on and, when you offer someone a ticket, you expect them to take it."l Lance is now playing Lieutenant Cable in the musical South Pacific which is showing at The Pavilion, Exmouth, this week.For South Pacific tickets, call (01395)222477.

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