Busted crash into numer one spot

FRESH from triumph at the Brit Awards pop-rockers Busted have gone straight into the charts at number one with new single "Who's David".The high flying trio knocked Sam & Mark off the top spot giving them further cause to celebrate after a week of honours.

FRESH from triumph at the Brit Awards pop-rockers Busted have gone straight into the charts at number one with new single "Who's David".

The high flying trio knocked Sam & Mark off the top spot giving them further cause to celebrate after a week of honours.

Ex-Framlingham College student Charlie Simpson, 18, James Bourne, 20 and Matt Jay, 20,

picked up gongs for Best Pop Act and Best Breakthrough Act in an impressive double triumph.


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Charlie's proud parents Mike and Tessa are thrilled with their son's success.

Mr Simpson, a founding partner of Clarke Simpson estate agents in Framlingham, said last night: "This is brilliant, we had no idea what would happen, but we are thrilled, especially after the awards, it's been a good week.

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"We have spoken to Charlie, he's really pleased. They are busy doing their final rehearsals for their tour, but are so thrilled to get the number one spot.

"I do not know where they will go from here. The big thing is to do something in America, although that's a huge nut to crack.

"But that's the next hurdle. They are on a roll at the moment, which is nice. I imagine they will celebrate with a bottle of something later on."

The band were at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on Fridayto film the video for a forthcoming single Air Hostess and performed the song in front of Concorde. The museum's VC10 and BAC 111 civil aircraft will also star alongside the group.

Charlie, visited the museum as a schoolboy and said the location was different to any of the others used throughout the band's rapid rise to fame.

"It is an interesting place to shoot a video. It is good that we can use real planes."

But he admitted that filming the video into the early hours of the morning was hard work.

James, visited Duxford around 10 years ago as part of a school trip, but Matt, was visiting the museum for the first time.

Natalie Finnegan, of Duxford Museum, said there had been a flood of interest from stars wanting to film at the site.

Busted start a month-long tour in Dublin on Thursday, which ends at Wembley on March 28.

Meanhwhile, Justin Hawkins from Lowestoft rockers the Darkness has been reported to be considering giving as much as £100,000 towards building a studio at his old college and has been invited to lecture there.

He studied for a BTec national diploma in music technology at Huddersfield Technical College from 1995-1997.

Lecturers recall the shaggy haired rocker as a hard-working and talented student who spent all day writing "cheesy" songs on his computer. Justin gained distinctions in various modules including one in self-management and development

Programme manager Rick Cocker, who was Justin's tutor said the lead singer and guitarist rang him a few weeks ago to catch up, and the first thing he said was, "I suppose you want to discuss the Justin Hawkins Studio."

Mr Cocker said he had remembered a chat they shared when Justin graduated. He recalled that he hoped Justin would not forget them when he became rich and famous and said they could build the 'Justin Hawkins Studio'.

Sandy Hawkins, Justin and Dan Hawkins mother said: "Rick Cocker is a really nice chap and Justin did very well at Huddersfield.

"He said when he was famous he would look for a Justin Hawkins studio. I have heard that Justin has spoken to him on the telephone, I'm not sure if it is true or not.

"They do get on very well and it's the sort of thing he would consider, but how much money I don't know, they keep that close to their chests."

During his course, Justin learned how to produce music on his computer and even wrote and recorded a rock opera, echoing The Who's Tommy, with dialogue in computerised voices. One music business tutor showed him a video of the classic 80s spoof rock documentary Spinal Tap.

Tickets for dates on The Darkness' US tour in March and April have been selling out in as little as an hour. The band are due to play a one-off gig at the Barfly, London on March 7, as part of Music Passport shows in aid of charities Shelter and War Child.

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