S CLUB paid an emotional tribute to their late bandmate Paul Cattermole as they kicked off their UK tour at the AO Arena in Manchester last night.
Paul was found dead at his home in Dorset on April 6 this year.
The heartbreaking news came just weeks after S Club 7 announced their plans to reunite to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Last night Jo O’Meara, Rachel Stevens, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee and Bradley McIntosh took to the North stage.
At the start of the show – The Good Times Tour – they played a video of Paul performing their song “Good Times” as well as other valuable clips from over the years.
Overcome with emotion, Bradley said, “That’s our brother, man. Gone, but you will never be forgotten.”
“We miss you every day.
“You know what we went through last year,” Bradley later added.
“It was so tragic, it was so sad.
“But we have you. And we are here for you and we couldn’t have done it without you.”
S Club 7, which rose to fame in 1998, originally consisted of Paul Cattermole, Jo O’Meara, Rachel Stevens, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh and Hannah Spearritt.
Following Paul’s death, it was confirmed that his ex-girlfriend and former bandmate Hannah would not be taking part in the tour.
The singer revealed in an exclusive chat with The Sun that her mental health had deteriorated following Paul’s death.
Hannah said: “Will I ever perform with them again? I just do not know.”
“I haven’t spoken to any of them since I left, which is fine.
“I was extremely excited – we all were – to come back as a sevens.
“But then Paul died and everything changed. That gave me time to think about whether it was right for me.”
“I’m really sad that we don’t have contact. They went their way and I went mine. I wish you all the best.”
In May it was announced that Paul had died of natural causes.
A spokeswoman told The Sun: “I can confirm that Mr Cattermole died of natural causes and our investigations have been completed.”
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In July, S Club released their first single in 20 years – These Are The Days – as a tribute to Paul.
S Club will perform at numerous other venues across the UK including Liverpool, Cardiff, Nottingham and London.