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X Factor band United Vibe performed their latest song at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill, marking a return for one of the group to his former school




A boy band who made their name on the X-Factor have performed their new song around anti-bullying to a Haverhill secondary school.

The visit of United Vibe to Samuel Ward Academy last week was particularly special for band member, Jon Guelas, who was a former student at the school.

Jon, whose brother still attends Samuel Ward, said he was delighted to return with United Vibe and perform their new song ‘Sticks and Stones and Mobile Phones’.

United Vibe singer Jon Guelas entertaining students at Samuel Ward Academy. Picture by Russ Bennett
United Vibe singer Jon Guelas entertaining students at Samuel Ward Academy. Picture by Russ Bennett

He said: “We wanted to write a song that had real meaning behind it.

"We have all had experience of bullying, or known people who have gone through it, and we thought this was a way of raising awareness and making young people realise that they are not alone.

“The response has been insane.

"It was great going back to Samuel Ward and meeting all my old teachers.”

United Vibe perform their new single, Sticks and Stones and Mobile Phones during a visit to Samuel Ward Academy. Picture by Russ Bennett
United Vibe perform their new single, Sticks and Stones and Mobile Phones during a visit to Samuel Ward Academy. Picture by Russ Bennett

During their visit to Samuel Ward, which took place during Anti-Bullying Week, the band performed in front of Year 7 students in the drama hall, signed autographs and posed for photographs.

Andy Hunter, Samuel Ward's headteacher, said: “We are always delighted to welcome back any of our past students.

“Jon has achieved some great success and what is especially pleasing is that he has used this success to promote such a positive anti-bullying message.”

United Vibe with two Samuel Ward Academy students during their visit to the school. Picture by Russ Bennett
United Vibe with two Samuel Ward Academy students during their visit to the school. Picture by Russ Bennett

Under the mentorship of former Take That star Robbie Williams, United Vibe made it through to the live finals of last year’s X Factor before being voted out on week three of the show.

Since then, they have toured Asia, released three new singles and performed in front of 70,000 people with Robbie Williams at Hyde Park.


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