Glittering reviews for Gary Barlow concert in Leicester
X Factor judge and Take That singer/songwriter Gary Barlow, put on a sparkling show for his adoring fans at Leicester's De Montfort Hall last night, (January 13).
Many standing only ticket holders queued for more than 11 hours in order to get a place in the front row.
Among them was Natalie Jacobs from Hinckley.
The self proclaimed "biggest fan" was very exited to be seeing her hero for the fifth time thanks to her husband buying her tickets for Christmas, and she certainly wasn't dissapointed.
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Having patiently queued for hours in the freezing cold for a spot in the front row, she was more than a little made up when she shouted to the singer and he replied.
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Natalie said: "I shouted to Gary, 'I'm over here', and he looked me straight in the eye and replied, 'hello love, this one's for you'. Then he sang a Million Love Songs. It didn't just make my day, it made my whole life. It was all worth the long wait in the cold."
Also at the gig was Jane Bates and her two friends Natalie and Carol Allen.
Jane, who works at the Spire Hospital in Oadby with Carol, said: "The show was just amazing, it was really, really good. I couldn't pick out one bit as a highlight because it was all so good. He was energetic, smiley and lively. In fact he said he liked the audience in Leicester so much that he promised to return.
"I think as well the staff at De Montfort Hall were brilliant. As the first 40 people in the queue we all had our hands stamped and then we were let in two minutes before everyone else so we could get to the front. Considering they had such a big star performing I thought they were just great and deserved a mention."
And she added: "If Gary sticks to his word and does come back to Leicester I recommend people go and see him, he's amazing."
Tickets for the gig at between £35 and £55, went on sale at the end of November last year and sold out within a matter of hours.
Around 2,000 people are believed to have attended last night's concert which also saw a special guest appearance from American singer/songwriter Nell Bryden.