Banner blues for X Factor’s Jaymi

Jaymi's family and friends with the banner, which has been stolen
Jaymi's family and friends with the banner, which has been stolen

Luton lad Jaymi Hensley had a nerve-racking Sunday night when his band Union J were again in the bottom two on X Factor.

Luckily for Jaymi and his bandmates, the judges voted to save them, meaning rival boyband District 3 went out of the competition.

But it wasn’t all good news for Union J at the weekend, as a large banner Jaymi’s mum had had made was stolen.

Jackie Hensley, who works in the Stopsley branch of newsagent’s chain Hendersons, had forked out £60 for the banner to drum up local support.

She said: “It was on the roundabout outside Asda in Wigmore.

“The banner was there on Sunday morning and we were going to take it down on Sunday night after the show. But my son called me at lunchtime to say it had gone.

“I don’t think it would have been the council or the police.

“It wasn’t in a place where it would have caused a problem.”

Jackie said that even though she had paid for the banner out of her own pocket, she wouldn’t be upset if it was a fan who had taken it.

“We need everyone in Luton to get behind the band and vote for them,” she said.

“Jaymi is one of our own – let’s put Luton on the map for something positive.”

A spokesman for Luton Borough Council said: “We are delighted to see a local group in the X-Factor but flyposting is illegal and flyposted posters or banners will be removed automatically – although so far, none of our staff have reported seeing and removing such a banner.”