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JLS gig blow for Cumbrian teenage tumour battler

A Maryport teenager who is battling a brain tumour has been left devastated after boy band JLS cancelled their Carlisle gig.

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Rebecca Marnock, 14, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in December.

She has already undergone surgery in Newcastle and radiotheraphy, and is waiting to be well enough for a second round of chemotherapy to start.

She was delighted when her favourite band announced they were due to play in Carlisle in August.

But her joy quickly turned to disappointment when the gig was called off.

The teenager said: “I got a text from my dad’s girlfriend telling me it was cancelled. I was devastated. I have never seen them live and I really wanted to.”

Rebecca, of Furnace Road, who has been a fan of the group since they were on ITV’s X Factor, had already taught her mum, Kerry Carruthers, the words to their hits in time for the gig.

The teenager, who has JLS dolls, posters, CDs and T-shirts, said: “This hasn’t made me like them any less but I am gutted I won’t see them.”

Kerry gave up work when her daughter became ill and had saved up to buy the JLS tickets for herself, Rebecca, Rebecca’s twin brother Matthew and older sister Emily.

She said her daughter had been through so much and it was devastating that she would not be able to see her idols.

Kerry added: “I know we will get the money back, but that isn’t the point. I really wanted Rebecca to be able to see JLS because she is such a fan.

“Now it is not going to be possible.”

Thousands of fans have been left disappointed by the cancellation of the Carlisle date.

The pop stars – Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams and JB – have apologised and blamed it on “unforeseen and unavoidable rescheduling”.

However, it is understood that sales of tickets had lagged behind other cities on their summer tour.

JLS had been due to play in front of a crowd of up to 20,000 people in Bitts Park on August 25 in what was set to be the city’s biggest concert of the year.

As the Carlisle announcement was made, it emerged that a gig they had been due to play in Scarborough on August 18 had been rescheduled for what was the Carlisle date.

Kerry added: “Even if Rebecca was well enough to go to Scarborough, we couldn’t afford it.

“The tickets cost about £154 for the four of us. If we had to add accommodation and travel on to that we just couldn’t do it.”

Fans who have bought tickets for the cancelled gig will be given a refund at face value.

They also have an option to transfer their tickets to any of the remaining dates linked to the tour that included Carlisle.

Have your say

Aww that's really sad! I pray she gets well soon and is made whole in Jesus' mighty name! Amen!.. And that she'd one day get to meet them in person even!

Posted by mama on 15 June 2012 at 16:30

J . . . L . . . errrrrm sorry, what was the third letter?

Posted by Derek on 13 June 2012 at 07:44

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