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Sir Paul reveals support for Sam

Sam Barks
Sam has made it to the final three of the hit BBC programme

Support for BBC talent show finalist Sam Barks is invading the highest reaches of Manx society.

The 17-year-old secured her place on Saturday among the last actresses hoping to win the role of Nancy in the West End production of Oliver!.

And it has emerged that the Lieutenant Governor, His Excellency Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks, is among her fans.

Sir Paul has revealed he was one of the thousands of islanders voting for Sam, and has written wishing her good luck.

With the Isle of Man already renamed the "Isle of Sam" in her honour, Sam fever has gripped the island's 80,000 inhabitants.

Sir Paul, the Queen's representative on the island, and Lady Penny Haddacks are among those who regularly tune in to the BBC One programme, I'd Do Anything, on a Saturday night.

You are already a winner and we are all very proud of you
Sir Paul Haddacks

In his letter to Sam he says the pair have been following her progress with "great interest".

"We have enjoyed watching the show every week and of course, have always voted for you," the letter states.

"Many congratulations on your very well deserved place in the final.

"On behalf of all your many supporters in the Isle of Man I wish you every good fortune for Saturday night.

"You are already a winner and we are all very proud of you."

A public vote on Saturday night will determine who wins the role in the Cameron Mackintosh production.

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