X Factor judge Gary Barlow gets warm welcome from Leicester fans
IT may have been the coldest day of the year but that didn't stop Gary Barlow fans queuing for almost 12 hours to secure a place in the front row of the singer, songwriter's solo show.
When tickets went on sale for the gig, back in November last year, De Montfort Hall's website crashed and its phone lines jammed as eager fans did their best to get their hands on a ticket.
And after weeks of waiting those lucky enough to secure a standing room place were more than happy to queue for hours on end to make sure they got as close as possible to their idol.
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Jane Bates joined the front of the queue at 7am with her friends Carol and Natalie Allen.
Mrs Bates from Leicester said: "We've been taking it in turns to get food and doing our best to keep warm, but Gary is worth it. I saw him in Wolverhampton and in London and he was fantastic, we are really excited about seeing him tonight.
"He's just gorgeous and I need to get to the front so I can get a look at those thighs and he has lovely eyes."
Natalie Jacobs, from Hinckley, was also near the front of the queue and had received her tickets as a Christmas present from her husband.
She said: "I'm Gary's biggest fan, honestly I wouldn't care if Gary couldn't sing, I just love him.
"I've been to see him four times. First time was Take That in 1996 and D: Ream were supporting them - I just love him so much he's the man for me."
A few fans who hadn't been lucky enough to bag a ticket took to waiting for the singer's arrival at the back gates of the venue.
Tipped-off by Twitter that he was on his way, the wait of over an hour in freezing temperatures paid-off when they caught a glimpse of the star through the blacked out windows of his Audi at around 6.50pm.
A few girls managed to hide undetected in a hedge near the gate and jumped out as Gary's' car pulled-up.
The girls did their best to take pictures before they were moved on by security.
Around 2,000 fans are expected to be at tonight's gig (January 13).
Ticket prices ranged from £35 - £55.