Eliot’s praise for ‘amazing’ Jubilee friend Gary Barlow

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SHEFFIELD hitmaker Eliot Kennedy today told of his joy at performing for the Queen after topping the charts with the official Diamond Jubilee song, Sing.

The 43-year-old recorded and co-produced the song on a tour of the Commonwealth with best pal Gary Barlow - who also organised the spectacular Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace.

They were surrounded by musicians and singers who perform on the track, flown in from around the world. The three-hour show also featured showbiz icons including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey and Stevie Wonder.

Eliot said he found it surreal.

“Well if hanging with Peter Kay isn’t enough, Paul McCartney rocked up to chat, then Stevie Wonder passed by. Usual Monday night really,” he laughed.

“Walking back to my hotel in a light rain, I had to stop and hold my hands up in gratitude for the simultaneous number one single and album, but mostly for the friendship of my amazing best friend Gary.”