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X Factor star Luke Friend helps pull in crowds at Swansea Vintage Car Show in Singleton Park

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

By Liz Perkins

  • Vintage mopeds proved a big attraction. Inset, right, Luke Friend.

  • Maddison Whitefoot, aged six, and Briley Llewelyn; right, Ted Beaumont from Three Crosses with his 1932 Lagonda.

  • Ken Levering in his Austin 7 from 1934.

  • Vintage steam engines are started up.

  • Bev Wright and Damla Cinkir in a 1971 Triumph Vitesse.

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X FACTOR star Luke Friend proved a real crowd puller at a Swansea show helping to lead 10,000 people through the gates.

Some fans were waiting to go into the city's Singleton Park from 9am yesterday morning.

Swansea Sound DJ Kevin Johns, who was the compere of the event, said people had travelled from all over the UK to be there.

Mr Johns said: "I've never seen such pop hysteria in years as for Luke Friend from X Factor — it's brilliant.

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"He's a lovely lad and has been shaking hands with everyone.

"Fans have come from London, Reading and Torquay, there were thousands of people here.

"They have brought him presents.

"Luke's only 17 and is a great singer."

He revealed when he told the story about a girl who had come out of hospital to see Luke, a member of the crowd gave up her pass that she had won in a radio competition to allow her to see him.

"The young girl was crying and the mother was crying after the woman gave her pass to the girl — that was a really warm gesture," he added.

The park was packed out with more than 1,000 classic cars, stalls and a fairground for the show, which is jointly organised by the Swansea Historic Vehicle Register.

Mike Green, committee member and former chairman of SHVR, said the event had been successful.

Mr Green said: "There were around 10,000 people there, it was packed. It's a very popular event and it's incredible the way it's grown over the years."

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