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Last Updated: Monday, 17 April 2006, 14:49 GMT 15:49 UK
X-factor star sings in home city
Shayne Ward
Thousands watched the X-Factor winner at Albert Square
Thousands of fans turned out to see X-Factor winner Shayne Ward perform a free concert in his home city.

More than 15,000 people - including the singer's family and friends - attended the live performance in Manchester's Albert Square to promote his album.

The 21-year-old performed six songs, closing Monday's concert with Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

Ward told the crowd he was overcome by their reaction and said he was delighted to be back in his home city.

Ward won the ITV1 talent contest last year and clinched the Christmas number one with his debut single That's My Goal.

The song was the second biggest seller of 2005, with more than 300,000 copies selling in the first day alone.

Last year he performed the hit in Manchester's Arndale Centre - where he once worked as a shop assistant - to thousands of fans.

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