Two North Devon men to appear on red carpet with One Direction
TWO North Devon men are appearing on the red carpet tonight alongside One Direction at the premiere of their new film.
Sandy Beales, 25, formerly of Newport in Barnstaple, is the band's bass guitarist and Dan Richards, 25, from Braunton, is their lead guitarist.
Both Sandy and Dan have toured the world with One Direction, who have enjoyed phenomenal international success since appearing on TV show The X Factor in 2010.
Dan said he only flew in from the first part of the tour last week and has been running around London trying to find a suit for the premiere ever since.
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"It is going to be fun," he added. "They are going to go on a bit ahead of us to do signings and we will be behind."
Dan said it has been great touring alongside a fellow North Devonian Sandy.
"It is strange we both left North Devon around the same time and ended up in the same place," he said. "We are still friends," he joked.
Dan is jetting off again in mid-September to continue the world tour, starting in Australia.
Dan's mum, Louise Richards, said she is incredibly proud of both Sandy and Dan.
She says their success is putting North Devon on the map.
"For young musicians in North Devon to have two guys playing around the world is fantastic," she said. "The One Direction thing is phenomenal.
"It encourages youngsters down here to think they can make it and do something they love."
Sandy and Dan had no idea each other had gone to the audition to play with One Direction, and only realised once they had both made the shortlist.
"They both got out of the car and said what are you doing here," said Louise. "They knew each other from being in the music industry around here."
Louise said Dan has been out searching for a suit to wear to the premier in London's Leicester Square tonight.
Dan tweeted yesterday: "Thanks to @BarneyDavis14 and @houseoffraser I'm all suited up ready for the big day tomorrow!"
One Direction is made up of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson.
Their first film is released on Friday and is called This Is Us.