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East 17 singer makes a splash

PUBLISHED: 14:36 16 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:46 23 August 2010

A SINGER with 1990s boy band East 17 added a touch of celebrity to proceedings at a town s 164th annual regatta. Terry Coldwell, one-fourth of East 17, who are about to make a comeback with a new album, hosted the 2010 Gravesend Strong Man Competition.

A SINGER with 1990s boy band East 17 added a touch of celebrity to proceedings at a town's 164th annual regatta.

Terry Coldwell, one-fourth of East 17, who are about to make a comeback with a new album, hosted the 2010 Gravesend Strong Man Competition.

It was one of the many activities on offer during the annual two-day regatta at the weekend.

Hundreds gathered at Gravesend's waterfront to see competitors take part in the rowing race, organised by Gravesend Regatta Committee.

Mr Coldwell said: "It was a great day out, the sun was shining and it was a fun, family affair. I really like strong-man competitions and a friend of mine, Paul Carter, who lives in Gravesend, took part in the competition too.

"He was the Helmet on Soccer AM, where he would take on soldiers from different barracks at tug-of-war, but would always win.

"I really enjoyed the car lift. It's amazing to see them do that. I even had a go myself, but didn't move it at all and nearly tore my arm off doing it! I'm still aching today.

"Every single competitor down there was absolutely lovely. They were really nice blokes, not up themselves at all. You know they look pretty tough, but they're the nicest people you'll meet."

East 17 had 18 top-20 singles and four top-10 albums in the 1990s, with songs like House of Love and Stay Another Day.

In the historic regatta, the Ladies Premiership Award went to The Crown and Thistle team, while the men's title was taken by the Wheatsheaf team.

Mike Fitzsimon, who has been with the regatta community since 1973 and is now life vice-president, said: "It was really successful and although the weather wasn't so good on Saturday, which made it a lot harder for them to row and slowed them down, it was much better on Sunday.

"The teams have worked very, very hard and competed fairly. A good time was had by all!"

Five-year-old Thomas Raper tried his striking skills at the Reporter's stand, where John Lewis was inviting children to try their luck shooting balls into the net.

Grandmother Mary Murray, 73, said: "We're having a really nice time and I'm proud of Thomas - he did well on the football stand!

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