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Pop Success on a Plate for Boy Band Star

12 August 2009

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JLS boy band member, Aston Merrygold, was looking for something special to adorn his new white Audi, so what better than a 'JLS' plate. The exact registration, which Aston proudly displayed last night when arriving in style at Faces night club, Essex, accompanied by Simon Webbe from Blue, is not published in order to protect Aston's privacy, but it's the 'JLS' part that matters!

Presumably fellow chart-topping, X Factor runners-up, Marvin Humes, Jonathan 'JB' Gill and Oritsé Williams must have been tempted to follow suit as a matching set would be easily and relatively cheap to construct, with prices starting from just a few hundred pounds.

JLS, whose acronym actually stands for 'Jack the Lad Swing', are fortunate to have a name that can be reproduced easily in a vehicle registration. There are countless other examples from the worlds of pop and rock music and many have chosen plates simply in order to show their allegiance to their idols.

There are countless plates available to match other common three-letter instances, such as 'REM' and 'ELO' - groups referred to by their acronyms for so long that few people now remember what the letters actually stand for ('Rapid Eye Movement' and 'Electric Light Orchestra' respectively).

The most well-known pop acronym must be 'ABBA'. Unfortunately, UK plates never have more than 3 letters together, so a rather expensive 48 BA is the best way to achieve it. Interestingly, the '8' actually provides a more authentic representation of the famous reverse 'B' of the official logo.

Somewhere out there are the actual MC 5, U 2 and UB 40 plates, any of which would command a quite large fortune even if you were able to find them for sale.

Try the search facility (top right) for your favourite.

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