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By Kim Reader


A proud mum has filmed adorable footage of her three-year-old son, who she believes is Ed Sheeran’s youngest fan, belting out the pop singer’s top hits.

Talented tot Noah Thompson has been a fan of the red-haired crooner since he was a newborn despite mum Emma Henderson never being a big Ed enthusiast herself.

Mum-of-one Emma, 32, said it was only Ed’s dulcet tones that would soothe baby Noah if he was crying – and the toddler’s love for his songs hasn’t waned.

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Noah knows all the lyrics to every song on Ed’s chart-topping album Divide and enjoys nothing more than singing along with his karaoke microphone while strumming his junior guitar.

The mini ‘Sheerio’ also has posters of Ed on his bedroom walls and was ‘star-struck’ after seeing the celeb’s wax work in Madame Tussauds in Blackpool.

Now part-time haulage administrator Emma has shared clips of her confident little boy Noah performing and sporting a cheeky grin much like his ginger idol.

Emma, of Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, said: “Noah’s love of Ed Sheeran started when he was a baby. I used to play it just to settle him – it was the only thing that would calm him down.

“If Noah was crying and I played Photograph, he would stop instantly. I don’t know why because I’ve never really been a big fan of Ed Sheeran.

“It’s not like I listened to it a lot while I was pregnant or anything. He just heard it on the radio and something about Ed’s voice soothed him.

“It just hasn’t stopped. Now he is absolutely idolises him, he loves him so much.

“It’s unusual for a three-year-old to have posters in his room but Noah goes to sleep every night with Ed on the walls above his head.

“When we went to Madame Tussauds in Blackpool and he saw the wax work his little lip started going because he was so star-struck – and that was just a fake Ed Sheeran so I dread to think what he’d be like if he ever met the real one.

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“He’s always asking if Ed will come to his birthday party in March. It’s hard explaining to him that you can’t just meet those people. It would mean the world to him.

“He knows all the words to the songs on the Divide album – Castle On The Hill and Perfect are his absolute favourites.

“Because I’m so used to it, I kind of took it for granted until people started pointing out to me how amazing it is for a three-year-old to be able to sing all those songs.

“I’m not musically talented at all, I just sing in the shower like most people, but my friend is a singer and she says Noah’s got real talent. He holds the guitar right even though he’s never had a lesson.

“He is such a bright little boy and he’s so confident when he’s performing. He even gets up in school and sings for the other kids. We are so proud of him.

“He is so cute and he’s such a caring and loving little boy. He’s our world.”

Asked what he would do if he met Ed, Noah said: “I want to sing Castle On The Hill with him. And I’ll give him a kiss and a cuddle.”

First-time parents Emma and her lorry driver partner Mark Thompson, 37, would love to take Noah to see Ed live but think he might still be too young to cope with the crowds.

While they weren’t Ed’s greatest fans before Noah came along, Emma said her and Mark now love listening to the Shape Of You vocalist.

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When Noah started begging his mum for a guitar last year – so he could be more like Ed – Emma hesitated at first and instead bought the tot a kids ukulele.

But when the toddler started using his ukulele to play along to Ed’s songs, Emma gave into buying Noah a junior guitar and is planning to get him a tutor.

Emma, who tried for four years to get pregnant before having success with IVF, admits she spoils Noah as he is her ‘miracle’.

But the only thing the mum can’t yet fulfill for her tot is Noah’s dream of singing Castle On The Hill with Ed.

Emma said: “Noah is our little miracle child, which makes him even more special than he already is, so I do spoil him a bit.

“He’s always asking me if he can be like Ed Sheeran but when he started asking for a guitar last year I thought ‘I can’t buy him that’.

“I went out and got him a little ukulele instead and he never put it down. He always had it with him strumming away singing Ed Sheeran songs so this year I decided he could have a junior guitar.

“He’s going to start having lessons soon. I don’t know yet if he’ll grow up to be a singer but whatever he does he’ll be amazing.

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“We might not have been Ed fans before but now we are listening to him non-stop for Noah, Mark and I do love singing along.

“But Noah’s so funny, if you try to sing along while he’s singing he puts his hand up as if to tell you to stop and says, ‘no, I’m singing now’.

“Ed’s playing up here soon and we thought about getting tickets but I think Noah might be a bit scared of all the crowds and I bet they go crazy. We’ll definitely take him when he’s older.

“It would be his absolute dream to meet him one day. He’s always asking if we can go to see Ed. I can do lots for him but unfortunately I can’t do that.”