13 Mar 2016
By Record Reporter
PAOLO, who met the youngsters at the Sunday Mail Great Scot Awards, was moved to tears by their musical spectacular and gave them a standing ovation.
WHEN superstar Paolo Nutini told kids from the Ups and Downs theatre company he would pop in to one of their performances, they only dared to dream that he would.
So there was great excitement last week when the singer and his family rocked up to one of their shows at the Hamilton Town House.
Paolo, who met the youngsters at the Sunday Mail Great Scot Awards, was moved to tears by their musical spectacular and gave them a standing ovation. After the show, the Last Request singer – who was there with his mum Linda, dad Alfredo and sister Francesca – went backstage to congratulate them and pose for selfies.
Abbie Smith, nine, of Caldercruix in Lanarkshire, who danced with Paolo, 29, at our awards in October, was delighted to see her pal again.
Angela Jack, president of the theatre group for children and young adults with Down’s
syndrome and their siblings, said: “I think it will be a while before they all come back down to Earth.
“Paolo is such a lovely young man and went out of his way to make the kids feel special.”
Angela, whose son Aaron, 17, is a member of the group, added: “The young people spend eight months practising for the annual show. They put their heart and soul into everything they do. We are so proud of them.”