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Little Mix dedicate Belfast show to tragic young fan Jack Whyte

Published 20/04/2016

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Jesy Nelson (far right) promised on Instagram that Little Mix would dedicate a song at their Belfast show.
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Jade Thirlwall (fourth right), Perrie Edwards (second left), Jesy Nelson (third right) and Leigh-Anne Pinnock (second right) of Little Mix with their mothers arriving for the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 24, 2016. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
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Little Mix are spending their third week at the top of the charts with their track Black Magic
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Little Mix cancelled gigs because Jesy Nelson was ill
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Little Mix dedicated their performance at Belfast's SSE Arena on Tuesday to a young fan who never got to see his favourite band perform.

Belfast schoolboy Jack Whyte died suddenly on March 1 from an asthma attack.

Friends of the Year 11 St Patrick’s College pupil had started the #littlemixforjack social media campaign to ask the band to dedicate a song to him as he had been looking forward to attending the concert before his sudden death.

A friend posted: “For even little mix to mention his name or dedicate a song to him he would be so happy and overjoyed. So we all thought that we would try our best to try and get them to even notice him.”

They were given hope last month when singer Jesy Nelson posted on social media promising to pay tribute to Jack.

She said: “What was his favourite song we will make this happen don't you worry my little lovelys xxx”

Their first Belfast show was cancelled last month after Jesy fell ill but they appeared at the SSE arena for two shows on Tuesday and are due to play a rescheduled gig in July.

As the show came to an end, the band paused before performing Jack’s favourite song Black Magic to remember him.

Jade Thirwall said: “We’d like to dedicate tonight's performance and the last song to an incredible boy mixer called Jack. Our thoughts are with his family and friends and we feel very lucky that we have had such a supportive mixer from Belfast. Jack, this is for you.”

Flashback to the fallout from Little Mix cancellation of Belfast gig - Seven year-old Lola Gilmore from Portadown
Flashback to the fallout from Little Mix cancellation of Belfast gig - Seven year-old Lola Gilmore from Portadown
Flashback to the fallout from Little Mix cancellation of Belfast gig - Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Emile Watson Claire McLaughlin Eve Graham Picture: Kevin Scott
Mia Lundy (5) from Coleraine was in tears
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Katie Dougan and Alex Redpath Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Ella and Amy Louise McLaughlin from Belfast
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Aoife,Shiuna and Katie Lennon from Monaghan.
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Keela Laverty from Lisburn.
Emma, Erin, Clodagh, Leann, Jamie, Rhiannin, Megan and Fiona were all left frustrated at the cancellation
Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members. Megan and Lilly Doherty Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland -31st March 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye Angry Little Mix fans pictured at the SSE Arena after todays concerts were cancelled due to illness of one of the band members.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Sauna Heaney is comforted by her mother Emma as Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 31/03/2016 Little Mix fans were left distraught to find out their concert had been cancelled as they were ready to enter the SSE Arena. The band Little Mix have been forced to cancel their Belfast gigs after Jesy Nelson became unwell. The girl band were due to play a matinee and evening show at the SSE Arena on Thursday. The cancellation announcement came just minutes after the doors opened for the afternoon performance.
Little Mix Thursday afternoon concert at SSE Arena Belfast was cancelled after a member fell ill. Long journey back to the North West. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Katie Coyle, Georgia Linehan, Carolyn Fitzsimons, Maeve Linehan and Fiona Linehan Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Little Mix Thursday afternoon concert at SSE Arena Belfast was cancelled after a member fell ill. Long journey back to the North West. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Katie Dougan 8 Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Disappointed Little Mix fans at the SSE arena Emma, Erin, Clodagh , Leann, Jamie, Rhiannin , Megan and Fiona Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Friends took to social to thank the band for their support. One said: “So glad this happened! We truly have the best girls ever”

Another friend said: “I was there at the concert and I started crying it was sooo touching so glad she did it”

Following Jack’s death, headteacher at St Patrick’s College Paula Stewart said: "It was with much shock and disbelief that we learned this morning that Jack Whyte, a Year 11 student in our school, had died suddenly from an asthma attack.

"Jack was such a popular student and everyone at St Patrick's College is devastated and very saddened by this news.

"Jack was a bright, outgoing student, kind and caring. He was a pleasure to teach. A 'star' in our eyes. He was involved in many aspects of college life - drama, music and the student council - and he always had a smile for everyone he met.

"He will be greatly missed and remembered fondly by everyone who knew him. It will take us some time as a school community to come to terms with this. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack's family and friends at this very sad time in their lives. Rest in peace Jack."

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