Right Direction for Fiona

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A singersongwriter from Sudbury has seen the song she co-wrote with Suffolk pop sensation Ed Sheeran rocket to number one.

“Little Things” has been an instant success for the boy band One Direction, and it has received more than 40 million hits on the internet’s YouTube, as well as being song of the week on BBC Radio 2 last week.

The chart-topping ballad, all about unconditional love, was written with Ed Sheeran in Fiona Bevan’s’s living room.

The pair met at a gig in London and have been friends for four or five years.Fiona has been co-writing with him, and with other artists, for the past year and a half, as well as being a solo artist in her own right.

Now living in East London, Fiona grew up in Sudbury. Her father is retired GP David Bevan, who worked at Hardwicke House surgery in Stour Street and still lives in the town. She was a Saturday girl at Compact Music, in North Street, for three years.

She said: “The only demo recording I ever made with Ed got lost but this spring I found the lyrics again and emailed them to him while he was on tour. He demo’ed it up on the road and played it to One Direction who loved it, and the rest is history.”

Describing the news that her song had shot straight to the top, she said: “It’s absolutely incredible, It’s all been quite amazing and everyone has been really supportive and lovely.” One Direction performed the song on X Factor last Saturday. It is on their new album Take Me Home, which is also at number one.