Spice Girl Mel C could be set to see how teenagers in one of Birmingham’s most deprived areas are turning their backs on gang and gun crime – after she was “ambushed” by a Midland MP’s aide at one of the city’s top hair salons.
The singer, formerly known as Sporty Spice, was spotted at the Nicky Clarke salon, in The Mailbox, by Elaina Cohen, special adviser to Birmingham Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood.
Miss Cohen, who has worked with various youth projects based at South Aston Community Association, spotted the former Spice Girl having her hair done on Saturday afternoon and so bowled up to her and handed her a parliamentary business card.
“I just saw it as an opportunity to tell her about the work we do in Aston and what these amazing young people do, determined to turn their backs on gangs and gun crime,” said Miss Cohen. “I asked her if she’d be interested in coming along to see them and hear their music, hear what they can do, and she said ‘Oh yeah, that could be quite cool.’
“She was utterly delightful. She could have been rude or told me to go away but she didn’t, so it was just a bit of Girl Power going down in the salon.”
Miss Cohen works with a number of young people, including 20-year-old Neveilla Briscoe, who runs Alternative Music Industries and J & N Productions, which write and produce songs and music for local singers and musicians.
Miss Briscoe admitted she was “overwhelmed” to hear a Spice Girl might come along to hear local youngsters perform.
“I’m really excited about this prospect, so I can only imagine how excited the kids will be, because they’ve been praying that one day something might happen, that someday someone might hear them and help them.”