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One Direction split: Former 90s fangirls are supporting their distraught teen sisters

Their devastation is being hashtagged all over Twitter as they console each other.

But these teen fans are not alone in their misery.

Instead they’re being supported by former fangirls of generations past.

Women whose teen hearts were broken over the Take That split, the end of Westlife and the crumbling of Blue are coming out on Twitter to offer words of advice and support.

They’ve sent out messages of empathy to One Directioners, along with the occasional words of wisdom.

Others have suggested they shouldn’t give up on their band, quoting the Backstreet Boys and Take That as an example.

The 1D crisis has even brought out fellow teen fangirls – the Beliebers – who are expressing their condolences over the loss.

It’s a sad day all round for fangirls – but at least they have each other.

 
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Gentlemen Of The Road – Aviemore, Scotland, Saturday August 1

Mumford Sons’ festival roadshow hits the Scottish Highlands, with The Maccabess and Primal Scream in tow

 
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Cilla Black: there will never be another one like her

Cilla Black with manager Brian Epstein in 1964 (Hulton Archive)

But there was always more to Cilla than her music. Early on, in TV interviews she proved to be a natural – homely, forthright and a bit cheeky – and her potential in front of the camera was soon spotted.

Her show, Cilla, debuted in 1968 and ran for eight years, proving her versatility. She was as at home duetting with crooner Tom Jones as she was with glam rock star Marc Bolan.

There were dog days, certainly. She all but disappeared during the late Seventies and early Eighties, but a fun, flirtatious interview on Wogan in 1983 alerted the British public to what they had been missing.

Cilla Black on Surprise Surprise in 1989

Surprise Surprise, that unashamedly sentimental show in which members of the public were granted long-held wishes began the following year. But it was Blind Date, which began in 1985, that proved to be her greatest success.

Her role as presenter/matchmaker happened almost by accident. A pilot had been filmed featuring Duncan Norvelle as host, but there had been negative feedback about his camp presenting style.

Waiting in the wings was Cilla who had seen the American version The Dating Game and mentioned it to Alan Boyd, head of Light Entertainment at London Weekend Television.

Cilla Black, the presenter of Blind Date

The show ran for 18 years, achieving ratings of 18 million at its height.

Cilla’s talent was twofold – she was comfortable with the general public and managed to make a very difficult job look easy.

After the show ended in 2003, Cilla was never able to reignite her success, although she proved to be a welcome presence on shows as varied as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Loose Women.

Cilla Black meets the Queen Elizabeth in 2005

In 2013, a celebration of her 50 years in showbusiness, The One and Only Cilla Black, proved just how important she has been in the story of British television.

Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black in the ITV biopic

Last year, Sheridan Smith starred as Cilla in a successful three-part drama for ITV. Smith’s performance was critically lauded yet you never quite believed you were watching Cilla.

She was a one-off – an inimitable presence who guaranteed a lorra laughs along the way.