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Manchester Evening News
Ellie Kemp

Kimberley Walsh pays tribute to Girls Aloud on their 20-year anniversary

Kimberely Walsh has paid an emotional tribute to Girls Aloud and late band member Sarah Harding on the band's 20-year anniversary.

The pop group, also consisting of Cheryl Cole, Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle, was formed in 2002 on ITV show Popstars: The Rivals. They've enjoyed huge commercial success, releasing five studio albums and embarking on six UK and Ireland tours.

Kimberley shared a series of photos of the girls from over the years with her 773,000 Instagram followers. Pictures included the bandmates performing on stage, at a book signing event and on red carpets.

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The Sound of the Underground singer captioned the post: "Happy 20 years girls! Wow I am proud of what we achieved and love you all much. There is a huge hole in my heart that Sarah isn’t here to celebrate this with us but I am looking through pictures, sobbing and remembering all the amazing times we shared.

"A girl band is a bond that no one can ever break. The memories will always stay with us forever #GA20 #20years".

Friends and fans were quick to comment, reflecting on the band's time together. Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo said: "Bangers on bangers," with a sparkle emoji while the Pussy Cat Dolls' Kimberly Wyatt wrote: "LOVE!!!"

Denise van Outen said: "Thinking of you all," with a red heart emoij as Zoe Hardman added: "Forever my favourites" with three heart-eye emojis.

Singer Sarah Harding died died in September 2021, age 39. The star revealed she had breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body. Her mother Marie announced her daughter's death on Instagram, describing her as 'beautiful' and 'a bright, shining star'.

Last month, the Girls Aloud bandmates hosted a special charity event in Sarah's memory. The gala raised funds for the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, based in Withington, Manchester, and Cancer Research UK, as part of the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal.

Ahead of the event, Kimberley revealed that the group had vowed not to sing together, telling The Sun : "It doesn’t feel right without her." The singer and presenter went on: "We miss her so much. It’s just so hard to get your head around it — to realise that she’s gone."

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