Former Girls Aloud bandmates mark Sarah Harding's 40th birthday following her death

Former members of Girls Aloud paid emotional tributes to former bandmate Sarah Harding on the 40th birthday of the singer.

Harding died on September 5, aged 39, after announcing last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to other parts of her body.

The former girl group, consisting of Cheryl, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle and Harding, produced five studio albums during their time together, including the hits Sound of the Underground and The Promise.

The Fight For This Love singer posted a video on Instagram showing several clips of the girl group and Hardings at live concerts, award ceremonies and chat shows.

The video also contained clips from interviews with Cheryl and Walsh about their friend and colleague.

“When she saw this blonde bombshell walking around like a madwoman auditioning, even at boot camp, when she went up to sing, she ran up there and chatted, chatted, chatted,” says Walsh.

“(She) always turned out to be her own character, kind of crazy, who was unique and in her own world,” adds Cheryl.

Roberts said she wished the couple could “freak out like they used to” on this big occasion.

“I know you’re causing trouble somewhere,” she wrote in the caption of a photo showing her and Harding showing their middle finger.

“Happy birthday on earth, Sarah. Love, miss and think of you all the time. I feel your energy like you are still here.

“I wish we could have walked around town like we did today for your big 4.0! Make a supernova up there, electric girl “

Walsh also shared pictures of her and Harding laughing together and said he spent the day pondering her memories of her former bandmate.

She wrote on Instagram: “Today is a very strange day. We’ve celebrated so many birthdays together over the years so it feels very surreal.

“I hoped with all my heart that we would celebrate our 40th anniversary as planned.

“You always brought the party with you and I spent today reflecting on and reliving all the amazing memories we made.”

Girls Aloud was founded in 2002 on the TV show Popstars: The Rivals.

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