On it the picture said "For Clare" and was signed by both Neil and Chris, I could have absolutely cried my eyes out with joy! Literally, you have no idea how much that utterly floored me. I sat basically shaking for about ten minutes. I didn't actually cry, I think I went numb with shock to the point were I lost the ability to convey any human emotion at all. Even the mere thought that two people I've looked up to so much ever since I started listening to their work actually know who I am... it's just the weirdest feeling.
It turned out that my Aunt had emailed their management saying that I was a massive fan of theirs and that I was turning 18 soon, so she asked would they be able to sign something or do something to that effect at least. Obviously as I live in Northern Ireland the options are somewhat limited. My Aunt had received an email back with the guarantee from the management that they would be delighted, and the rest is history. The thing that makes it extra special for me is the fact that they've been working on a new album (woo-hoo!) yet took a little time out from their busy schedule to do a seemingly small gesture that meant the absolute world to me. Such small acts are always the kindest I say, and the fact they did it for no money or any other reason just makes it extra special, and proof that they really do value their fans.
To Neil and Chris, you've made my birthday one I'll never forget, and given me another reason why I love your music but moreover, personalities so much. Thank you <3