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Take That Wonderland Tour, Norwich: Devoted fans start queueing from 4am for Take That’s concert at Carrow Road

PUBLISHED: 10:56 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:26 15 June 2017

Take That fans Mandy Goldthorpe, left, and Jennie Sullivan, who have been to six of the seven concerts at the O2, and are now second in the queue at the Norwich City Football Club stand. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Take That fans Mandy Goldthorpe, left, and Jennie Sullivan, who have been to six of the seven concerts at the O2, and are now second in the queue at the Norwich City Football Club stand. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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They’re going to need Patience, but the first fans have started to queue for tonight’s Take That concert in Norwich - hours before the Carrow Road gates are opened.

The first fans staked out their place in the queue outside the Barclay End entrance to the stadium at just before 4am, keen to secure the best spots to see the chart-toppers.

Armed with chairs and provisions to get them through to the doors opening at 6pm, the die-hard fans were determined to be first through the doors.

Jennie Sullivan and Mandy Goldthorpe, who dub themselves the Cheam Team, travelled up from Surrey to see their favourites and will be going to both nights.

The pair, who stayed in the Holiday Inn last night and started queuing at about 6am have seen Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald 13 times on this Wonderland tour already - including all six nights at the O2 in London.

Take That fans start queuing at the Norwich City Football Club stand ready for the concert. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Take That fans start queuing at the Norwich City Football Club stand ready for the concert. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

They admit they have lost count of how many times they have seen Take That in total, since they first fell for the band back in the 1990s.

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Jennie said: “We’re here for both nights, There’s no point coming all this way and only going to one! It’s just such an amazing show.

“I don’t see it as that different to following a football team, only you know what the result will be - that it will be a great show.”

Take That fans Nuala O'Connor, left, and Emma Lewis from Lowestoft at the front of the queue at the Norwich City Football Club stand. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Take That fans Nuala O'Connor, left, and Emma Lewis from Lowestoft at the front of the queue at the Norwich City Football Club stand. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Mandy explained how her obsession with Take That started. She said: “I opened up Smash Hits in the summer of 1991 and there were these five guys in bondage gear, which made quite an impression on me when I was a 16-year-old.

“They seemed like they liked a laugh and it didn’t hurt that they were pleasant to look at.”

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She named Rule The World, which was a number 2 hit in 2007, as a tune she was particularly looking forward to. “It’s just such an anthem. It just leaves a lump in your throat, she said.

Some of the first fans to start queueing for Take That's concert at Carrow Road. Clockwise from top right: Angela Grant-Dean, Jennie Sullivan, Mandy Goldthorpe and Helen Skeggs. Pic: Dan Grimmer Some of the first fans to start queueing for Take That's concert at Carrow Road. Clockwise from top right: Angela Grant-Dean, Jennie Sullivan, Mandy Goldthorpe and Helen Skeggs. Pic: Dan Grimmer

Jennie said she was looking forward to Cry, which was originally a collaboration between Take That and Sigma. She said: “In this show, that’s the one I’m looking forward to.”
She proudly showed off a picture of herself with the three members of Take That - the result of winning a Meet and Greet competition.

“I’ve met them a few times, but I entered every competition going and won. To get a photograph with all three of them is something you’d only get through a Meet and Greet.”

Take That have lost a couple of members since the early days and Jennie, clutching a Miss U Jase poster, said: “I really miss Jason. Please come back!”

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The opening night of Take That's Wonderland tour at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. Photo: Martin Dunning. The opening night of Take That's Wonderland tour at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. Photo: Martin Dunning.

Mandy said a sense of camaraderie has sprung up among the devoted fans who head to so many gigs. She said: “We know a lot of the regulars and I probably see the hard core fans more than I see some of my ‘normal’ friends.”

Angela Grant-Dean and Helen Skeggs, have not had to travel quite so far - heading down the A11 from Wymondham for the gig.

Angela said: “I’ve actually not seen them that many times. My son is disabled, so it’s not that easy for me to get around the country to see them, so I was really pleased when the Norwich dates were announced.”

Angela was wearing a top, complete with Take That logo, which she had sewn herself. She also had a matching handbag. And she added: “I’m only 5ft 2ins, so I’ve made myself some platform shoes, as somebody tall always ends up standing in front of you.”

The opening night of Take That's Wonderland tour at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.
Photo: Martin Dunning. The opening night of Take That's Wonderland tour at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. Photo: Martin Dunning.

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On the enduring appeal of Take That, she said: “They seem like such nice guys. There’s no front to them, or the front that there is, is very pleasant.

“What you see with them is what you get. And I think, like a fine wine, they have matured with age.”

Angela said she was most looking forward to hearing Patience. She said: “That’s the one which brought them back together.”

The opening night of Take That's Wonderland tour at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. Photo: Martin Dunning. The opening night of Take That's Wonderland tour at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. Photo: Martin Dunning.

And her and Helen will be back again tomorrow. Angela said: “We’ve got seats for Friday night, so we won’t need to be here so early. We’re going to The Rose pub for the Take That party first and then we’ll stagger down here.”

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