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Viral front page prompts band who inspired it to buy copy

A regional daily’s music-inspired front page headline went viral online over the weekend – with even the band it paid homage to picking up a copy.

The News & Star, in Carlisle, splashed on Saturday with the headline ‘Orchestral Removers in the Dark’ following a burglary which saw £40,000 worth of musical instruments stolen from a shop.

Inspired by Wirral electronic outfit Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, sub-editor Anthony Ferguson’s headline received wide praise across social media.

And after it came to the attention of OMD, they even stopped off in Carlisle while on the way to a gig in Glasgow in order to pick up a copy.

Singer Andy McCluskey posed for a picture with the front page, which was then posted on the band’s official Twitter account.

News and Star associate editor Chris Story said: “Anthony’s a brilliant headline writer – and this is one of his very best.

“Great headline writing is an art form. It’s always nice when that’s recognised – and it was brilliant to see Andy McCluskey go out of his way to get his hands on a News & Star.

“Of course, there’s a serious message behind this story – and the reason the owners spoke to our reporter, Jenny Brown, in the first place. That’s to help police track down the thieves who struck at Omega Music in Brampton.

“Hopefully this piece – and the exposure it’s had on social media – will help bring those responsible to justice.”

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  • November 20, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Today’s headline ;
    Photo exclusive! ‘casual E&S buyer spotted in Carlisle ’
    watch those web stats soar as a result!

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