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Nathan Carter surprises patients and staff at Craigavon Area Hospital

Irish singing Sensation Nathan Carter surprised patients and staff at Craigavon Area Hospital on Thursday.

He was there to officially launch the inaugural Shamrock Solstice Festival.

Nathan will headline the festival to be held in Shamrock Park, Portadown on Saturday 23 June.  

He entertained children at the hospital’s Blossom Children and Young People’s Centre, before heading over to the maternity unit to sing ‘Rock Me Mama’ to all the new ‘mamas’ and babies.

Craigavon Area Hospital is the nominated charity for Shamrock Solstice.

Doctor Gerry Adams, from The Ted Clarke Memorial Trust, the organisers of Shamrock Solstice said Nathan put a smile on many faces at the hospital.

"On behalf of The Ted Clarke Memorial Trust would like to thank Nathan Carter for taking time out of his busy schedule and putting a smile on so many faces today at Craigavon Hospital," he said.

"We endeavour to raise as much money as possible during our exciting Shamrock Solstice Festival in June for the hospital and as Nathan is immensely popular, we are confident that tickets will be flying."

Nathan Carter said he was honoured to attend the event.

"I was honoured and humbled to perform at Craigavon Area Hospital today. What better way to congratulate new mums, than to sing ‘Rock Me Mama?!’," he joked.

"And, the children in the Blossom Centre were adorable and great fun, singing along to many of my hit songs.  I’m thoroughly looking forward to performing at Shamrock Solstice in June. It’s always exciting to play at a festival which is the ‘first’ of its kind and Portadown is no exception. Summer Solstice is going to be rockin’ at Shamrock Solstice."

Also appearing on the Shamrock Solstice bill with Nathan Carter on 23 June is Hugo Duncan and Friends and Eddie Carey.

Belfast Telegraph