Ed Sheeran and Military Wives have mixed fortunes at the Brit Awards

Success: Ed Sheeran
Success: Ed Sheeran

CALDERDALE singer Ed Sheeran is on a high after his success at the Brit Awards.

And it was very nearly a double success for the district as Shelf woman Larraine Smith narrowly missed out on an award as part of the Military Wives Choir.

Ed spent his early years in Hebden Bridge and the 21-year-old has rocketed into the big time.

He won the Best British Male Solo Artist and Best Breakthrough Act and also performed his song “Lego House” at the star studded ceremony held at London’s O2 Arena.

Ed said he had the most amazing night.

He beat rapper Professor Green, James Blake, James Morrison and Noel Gallagher to the prize for best British male.

“I honestly didn’t think I’d get this one,” he told the audience.

His big-time arrival has also led to him having the honour of performing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert on June 4.

Larraine (nee Longden), who now lives in Plymouth, watched the awards on TV - the choir only had two tickets for the sought-after event.

The choir’s Christmas No 1 single “Wherever You Are” was up for Best British Single but lost out to One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”

“To be fair I never expected a Brit when I knew we were up against One Direction - half the girls’ in Britain are in love with them,” Larraine told the Courier.

She is loving the limelight and is looking forward to another chart assault with the release of the Military Wives’ album “In My Dreams” released on March 5.

Serving soldier Jonjo Kerr who reached the latter stages of the X Factor joined the choir for the new track written by Paul Mealor who composed the No 1 hit.

The album will also feature cover songs.

“We’ve had a very busy few months,” said Larraine.

“When you think it’s all calming down it all starts again.”

The choir is scheduled to appear on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on March 20.