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NOW here’s possibly the most talented gang of street buskers you’ll ever see.

It’s Morecambe band The Heartbreaks, bringing a London street to a standstill during a promotional tour with a difference.

Our town’s great ambassadors climbed upon a red London bus on Saturday to travel around visiting some of the capital’s independent record shops.

Along the way, they stopped off to play a few acoustic tunes to entertain passers-by.

They also gave out Heartbreaks goodie bags and spread the word that their next single Delay, Delay is out this coming Monday (April 30) followed by their long awaited debut album Funtimes on May 7.

The bus tour was to mark Record Store Day, the annual celebration of the dying pleasure of buying music from the high street.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing – or rather riding – for Matthew, Joe, Ryan and “Deaks”.

For starters, the bus itself was Delay, Delayed when it broke down!

An hour and a half after the scheduled time, though, the Funtimes bus departed from Rough Trade West record shop in Notting Hill at 9am.

The Heartbreaks were joined by fans both old and new, who were collected en route and got to spend time with the band on the bus.

One impromptu bit of busking outside the Sister Ray store in Soho drew a large crowd of observers and caused a traffic jam on Berwick Street.

Even some Japanese tourists stopped to take snaps of the Morecambe boys!

As front man Matthew put it: “We were as popular as Madame Tussaud’s that day!”

Don’t forget that Delay, Delay is available in record shops and on line from Monday.

Look out for our special interview with the band and track-by-track review in next week’s Visitor to mark the release of Funtimes.