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Video: YouTube video of singer Neil Francis doing impromptu performance of Erasure’s A Little Respect at Tube station goes viral

PUBLISHED: 15:48 17 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:06 17 December 2014

Great Yarmouth singer Neil Francis. Picture by: Day Clifford

Great Yarmouth singer Neil Francis. Picture by: Day Clifford

Day Clifford

He can usually be found singing in the pubs, clubs and holiday parks around his home in Great Yarmouth - but now fans around the world are logging onto hear Neil Francis sing.

Neil, who has been singing since he was a teenager, gave an impromptu performance of 80s classic A Little Respect, made famous by Erasure, as he waited at Kentish Town London Underground station on Sunday night, and scores of waiting passengers joined in.

A friend filmed the performance on his mobile phone and shared it on Facebook.

And now it has been watched by more than 300,000 people.

The 47-year-old from Lancaster Road said he had been blown away by the response the video has generated and the scores of comments he had received from well wishers.

“I’m just really humbled in the respect that something that happened so naturally has made people feel good,” he added.

Neil explained had been in London on Sunday with three friends to see pop duo Erasure at the Forum and after the show the group of friends headed to Kentish Town station to get the tube back to their hotel. Still buzzing from the gig, Neil decided to start singing one of their hits.

He said: “I’m the kind of person that will sing anywhere. I’ve been singing since the age of 18 so it doesn’t really bother me.

“As we were walking down into the tube I was singing, it has lovely acoustics and is a great place to sing, and I thought I’d give it a belt.

“I started singing Little Respect and everybody started joining in. It was just as if the whole station joined in, it was just unreal.

“It was a perfect ending for a fantastic night.”

The video has now been shared hundreds of times and has even been posted to the page of Andy Bell, lead singer with Erasure.

Neil is no stranger to performing in front of large crowds having sung with the Yarmouth-based band u4ia [Euphoria] for 16 years.

The band performed at venues across the town, before he struck out on his own as a soloist and continues to perform in the borough.

He is hoping his hit web video may lead to more bookings, but most of all he is just pleased with the response it has triggered.

“The amount of comments I have had from all over the world, with people just saying it’s restored their faith in Facebook and made their Christmas,” Neil added.

“It’s just blown me away.”

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