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“Terrible mix up”

Football manager donated to school after pop star in Grammy gaffe

Published on February 2nd 2010.

“Terrible mix up”

A TERRIBLE mix-up has left a city Premiership football club “red faced” and a newspaper denying all knowledge after the wrong pop star didn't play at a school in Liverpool.

Following the success of American folk legend James Taylor's circus workshop at St Sebastian's primary school, Edge Lane, last month, and womanising champion golfer Sam Taylor Wood's appearance at a film premiere here last November, education bosses were “keen” to celebrate being the most improved council in the county with a series of low key cultural concerts in city schools.

“Tailor Made” was the brainchild of city chiefs, but news of the latest, secret event was leaked to 40,000 football match-goers at Anfield, over the Tannoy on Saturday afternoon, prompting widespread security fears and leaving Huyton children in tears.

Sixteen-year-old popstar Taylor Bright, who wasn't remotely famous before today, was in London on her first visit to the UK when the gaffe occurred. She was here to promote her debut single, Striped Socks, reported the BBC, which also revealed, further down, that she is yet to release a single.

“Unfortunately the school in question was forced to cancel the concert after security fears that 60,000 Wanderers fans, might go straight round,” said the headmaster who did not wish to be named.

Meanwhile, the team, also known as “The White Men”, which, coincidentally, topped a BNP poll of favourite football nicknames in 2005, were unavaible for comment.

However a spokeswoman for Ms Bright confirmed that the incorrect announcement was made to 80,000 football fans during Liverpool's game with Bolton Wanderers at Anfield.

She said: "I have no idea why they thought Taylor Swift would be performing at St Margaret Mary's when she was in America picking up her Grammy. It must have been a slip of the tongue.”

“Taylor was picking up her Granny,” she added, correcting an earlier slip of the tongue, and adding that she was “happy to confirm” that Elizabeth Taylor, 78, will be appearing at the Halfway to Paradise care home in Newsham Park, this Saturday night.

In the latest twist to the saga, the Liverpool Echo has apologised and has given pupils an ECHO van for no hard feelings. Now Liverpool Football Club has followed suit by donating its manager, Rafa Benitez, to the school.

Head of PE Graham Snapper told us: “I told them it was much to generous.”

But when Confidential: contacted a club spokesman they said: “No, no, we insist.”

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