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Sunday, 16 September, 2001, 19:39 GMT 20:39 UK
Kittens due home after attack 'trauma'
Atomic Kitten
Atomic Kitten: Had been due in London on Saturday
British pop group Atomic Kitten are due to fly back to the UK from New York on Monday after witnessing the terror attacks in Manhattan.

Band members have said they were "very traumatised" after seeing New York's World Trade Center collapse.


Unfortunately, we saw what happened - it was horrible

Natasha Hamilton
Atomic Kitten
The trio were staying in a hotel in Manhattan, while filming a music video, at the time of the attacks.

"Unfortunately, we saw what happened - it was horrible," band member Natasha Hamilton said.

"We were in a hotel nearby - the police came and got us, but we're far away from it now and we are all fine but a bit shaky. We are trying to find things to make us smile."

 Click here to watch Atomic Kitten on Top Of The Pops

The band, who were number one with Eternal Flame last month, had been due to appear in London at a toy launch on Saturday.

But they decided to stay in America and give priority on flights to others who had been affected by the attacks.

Jamiroquai's Jay Kay
Jay Kay: Had planned to visit twin towers
They have been in contact with fellow British chart stars Craig David and Blue, who were also in the city at the time, "to make sure they were OK".

Jamiroquai's Jay Kay was also in New York - and has said he was planning to go on a sight-seeing trip to the Twin Towers on Tuesday morning.

But he was still in bed at the time that the planes hit after partying the previous night, according to the Sunday People newspaper.

The idea of a benefit concert and album to raise money for victims of the disaster has already been raised, according to music industry sources.

Meanwhile, American rock star Beck has pulled out of a John Lennon tribute concert after the attacks.

The show is due to take place at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, 20 September, and the line-up originally included Alanis Morissette, Lou Reed, Moby and Nelly Furtado.


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