Monthly Archives: August 2011

Posted by Sandra on August 31 2011

McFly dropped in to surprise young carers at this year’s Scottish Young Carers Festival, held at Broomlee Outdoor Education Centre in West Linton (27&28 August 2011).

The band was being filmed for a TV programme due to be aired on Channel 5 this autumn, Celebrity Wish List. They dropped in on the festival site on the Saturday, where they stayed for a few hours, performed an impromptu gig, and handed out goodie bags. Accompanying the band was presenter Zoe Salmon who will be presenting the programme.

Organised by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and funded by the Scottish Government, the Festival brings together more than 500 young carers from all over Scotland. At the Festival, they get a break from caring, the chance to try new activities and the chance to talk to ministers, politicians and other people who make decisions about services.

Zoe Salmon said: “When I heard about the incredible work that young carers do, I was so overwhelmed and I wanted to do something that would make the day even more special. The boys from McFly were totally up for it too.

“The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is a phenomenal charity and I can’t praise the work of The Trust and young carers enough. Young carers take a lot of pressure off the government by saving them millions of pounds.”

Festival organiser Lorna Goodwin added: “The Festival is always a big event on young carers’ calendars every year anyway – but McFly’s appearance made it really special. They’ve helped draw attention to young carers and the incredible job they do.”

The 2011 Scottish Young Carers Festival is organised by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, with the support of its main partner the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance, and Action for Children, Barnardo’s, Carers Scotland, Children 1st, and Shared Care Scotland.

For more information or photos after the Festival, please contact our press team in Scotland


Posted by Sandra on August 31 2011

OMG! This year’s Scottish Young Carers Festival (27&28 August) with over 500 young carers attending will probably go down in history as the best one ever!

We had surprise guests this year – the McFly boys and TV presenter Zoe Salmon dropped in on the saturday to surprise the young carers, hand out goodie bags and perform an impromptu 20-minute gig exclusively for Scotland’s nicest young people.

The expression on everyone’s faces when McFly appeared is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. The band was there being filmed for a programme for Channel 5 about the Festival and services for young carers.

Thanks to funding from the Scottish Government, we’ve been able to run the two-day Festival for the last four years. Surprise appearances from celebrities aside, it’s an event that young carers love and look forward to all year. 100% of young carers asked say they want to return to the Festival. Not surprising really, as the Festival gives them the chance to have fun, get a break from caring and try out new activities.

The Festival is open to all young carers’ services in Scotland. We work with a steering group made up representatives from other carers’ charities, the Scottish Government and children’s charities to organise the Festival so that it is something children and young people really enjoy.

We’ve got a serious side to the Festival too. We invite along ministers, politicians, councillors and other people who make decisions about services for young carers (and funding!). They speak to young carers and find out about their lives. And we set up a consultation tent for young carers to let us know what they think about school, doctors, social services, the festival and their young carers’ group.

But its future – and the future of young carers’ services – isn’t so sure. Everyone knows that spending on carers’ services is at risk. At the festival, young carers tell us how much they rely on their young carers’ groups and how much they love coming to the Festival. We want to make sure funding for services and the Festival continues for a long, long time.


Posted by Sandra on August 31 2011

Sunday was an incredibly jolly day for the Fleckers as we headed off for a fun filled day at Hampton Court’s Jolly Day Out Festival.

The dodgy weather was never going to stop us having a fantastic time at Jolly Day Out.

As our Twitter followers will already know, we milked a plastic cow – a sentence we never imagined ourselves writing! – approached a Llama with great caution, found a grumpy looking clown lurking in the circus tent, and we even ran round an assault course pushing a giant monkey head – not our finest hour we admit!

On top of all of that excitement we also managed to squeeze in a little backstage time with a few interesting coloured Moshi Monsters and of course, McFly!

As City Stereo rocked the main stage we took the time to have a little chat (and enjoy a spot of journal wrecking) with our favourite boys. Running a little late, but in tremendously high spirits, the boys beamed with excitement as they filled us in on the day’s announcement of a TWENTY SEVEN DATE TOUR next year!

While Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter embraced the chance to wreck our journal, we had a lovely chat with Tom Fletcher about all things wedding – his three best men, oh, and the date, which we almost squeezed out of him until he realised he couldn’t tell us even if he wanted to! At this point, Harry re-appeared, journal in hand, to tell us “It’s me, playing my drum.. That’s string… I don’t have four arms, NO! It’s NOT a ‘third’ arm!”

After chuckling at Dougie’s cautious looks in the direction of a lurking Moshi Monster and a quick chat with Danny Jones about football, naked ladies and our disapproval of his drawing, it was time for the boys to do what they do best and take to the stage.

The sun set in the sky and it was a truly glorious day with McFly at Hampton Court. The set was a much loved mix of old and new material. We had the pleasure of hearing stories of Pudd loving at Tom’s house and the return of D-DOG!

It’s a little sad to say that’s it for another year in our McFly diaries but as the boys have confirmed that they are only going away long enough to get their next album together and promised lots of tour dates in 2012, it seems Hampton Court was the perfect gig to see the year out with.

As we take time a little time off and reflect on our love of all things McFly, we can turn our attention to the upcoming City Stereo tour.


Posted by Sandra on August 30 2011

I added to the gallery some new pics of Dougie from yesterday at a Nandos restaurant in London with some lucky fans.



Posted by Sandra on August 30 2011

Dougie just tweeted a pic of a Saint Kidd tshirts, this one is from the girls line.

@dougiemcfly Girly Saint Kidd Clothing sample. Not quite there yet but I couldn’t wait

What do you think of the shirt? You like it? I personally can’t wait to see more from Saint Kidd!

Posted by Sandra on August 30 2011

I added to the gallery three new pics of Dougie from last sunday at the Jolly Day Out Festival.


Posted by Sandra on August 30 2011

On Sunday evening, heatworld headed over to the Jolly Day Out Festival at Hampton Court to catch McFly’s final scheduled performance of the year – and have a natter with the boys backstage. Given their punishing work schedule over the past few months, the lads were literally exploding with energy – and Danny almost took out the big wheel with his T-shirt gun! When we ventured behind stage after the show, however, the poor dear was suffering from a serious case of rock-neck (hence the towel).

So, now that they have some free time, what are the boys planning to do next? Write their new album, that’s what. “We’re going away to do it,” Danny tells us. “And this time I think it’s just going to be us.” On their last album Above The Noise, McFly collaborated with Taio Cruz and wrote tracks with Dallas Austin, but this time it sounds as if they’re keeping things closer to home.

Dougie, who’s had a tough year dealing with his break-up from The Saturdays’ Frankie (can we just say again, Wayne Bridge over Dougie? Really?), is back to his cheeky self. And, ladies, we saw no evidence that he’s off the singles market quite yet! You can form an orderly queue behind us.

Tom, naturally, was full of talk about his upcoming wedding to Giovanna Falcone and let slip that he’ll be having not one but three Best Men. Bet you can’t guess who… We did talk to Harry, too, but we can’t remember anything he said because we were mesmerised by his arms. Dear. Lord.

McFly weren’t the only boys getting the girls screaming at the Jolly Day Out – support band City Stereo did a good job of raising the temperatures, too. We asked the band, who have supported McFly on tour in the past, what antics they all got up to while on the road. “We thought we’d be partying every night,” Ryan tells us. “But we were all too knackered. But there was this one night, when Dougie was in the shower…” And? AND? We never did hear how that story ended.

McFly’s next tour will begin in April 2012. For more info on City Stereo, go to

PS Sorry the photo is a little blurred. We think the camera got excited.


Posted by Sandra on August 30 2011

Here you have a new little gallery update




Thanks to McFLYs for sharing this one.

[x04]Candids > 2007 > Barbados

Posted by Sandra on August 30 2011

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Posted by Sandra on August 30 2011

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If you thought McFly’s artistic talents were strictly musical then think again – they’re pretty nifty with a pen and paper.

McFly put in a headlining performance at Jolly Day out on Sunday 29th Aug, and, armed with our “Wreck This Journal”, we encouraged the boys to engage in a little backstage drawing.

What is a “Wreck This Journal?” we hear you ask – well we’ll tell you. Think of “Wreck This Journal” as the anarchist’s artist’s way – the book for those who’ve always wanted to draw outside the lines but were afraid to do it.

For anyone who’s ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes “Wreck This Journal”, an illustrated book featuring a subversive collection of suggestions, asking readers to muster up their best mistake – and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them).

One page requests you to hang your journal in a public place, and have others draw in it. Step up Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter.

We were overwhelmed by the effort put in by the McBoys, and we have to say – Danny, Dougie, what attention to detail (you dirty, dirty boys)!



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