X Fac­tor treat for ware­house staff

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

WARE­HOUSE work­ers were given an early Christ­mas treat when a former X Fac­tor win­ner ser­e­naded them with fes­tive tunes as they wrapped presents.

Joe Mcelderry - win­ner of The X Fac­tor in 2009 - sur­prised staff at Ama­zon’s Ful­fil­ment Cen­tre at Kingston Park, Peter­bor­ough, this week by en­ter­tain­ing them at the busiest pe­riod of the year.

It was the first time the singer had ever per­formed in a ware­house and staff got in the fes­tive spirit by danc­ing in the aisles dur­ing the unique per­for­mance.

Af­ter tak­ing to the makeshift stage, Joe even got stuck in help­ing staff wrap presents, in­clud­ing his new al­bum, Clas­sic Christ­mas, be­fore they were sent off around the coun­try.

The con­cert also pro­vided Joe with a chance to get some in­spi­ra­tion for his Christ­mas shop­ping, which he ad­mit­ted he had left to the last minute street and my friend was kick­ing a foot­ball which bounced off a wall and hit the car, smash­ing it to smithereens, I was dev­as­tated and I’ve never got over it!

“My favourite things about Christ­mas are be­ing with friends and fam­ily and ev­ery­one cook­ing to­gether, chill­ing out, cook­ing and eat­ing to­gether.”

He said he was hop­ing to spend the fes­tive pe­riod re­lax­ing with fam­ily - and that Santa would bring him tick­ets to see Amer­i­can pop star Bey­once, a new car or a set of pop­u­lar board game Mo­nop­oly.

The per­for­mance was wel­comed by Mark Cun­ning­ham, gen­eral man­ager at the ware­house, who said it had pro­vided a wel­come break for stressed out staff.

He said: “Joe was a real hit with ev­ery­one here at the ful­fil­ment cen­tre.

“His per­for­mance of favourites in­clud­ing ‘Driv­ing Home For Christ­mas’ and ‘Last Christ­mas’ got ev­ery­one in the fes­tive spirit and he even got stuck in help­ing to gift wrap some of the or­ders for his new al­bum.”

Fes­tive tunes: Pop star Joe Mcelderry at the Ama­zon Ful­fil­ment Cen­tre, where he en­ter­tained work­ers with songs from his lat­est al­bum.

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