Droves of Take That fans arrive in Norwich for the first of two Wonderland shows at Carrow Road

(L-R): Claire Holland, 44, Cath Cannon, 45, Carol Charles, 51, Alison Harding, 40, and Wendy Lamb, 4

(L-R): Claire Holland, 44, Cath Cannon, 45, Carol Charles, 51, Alison Harding, 40, and Wendy Lamb, 48. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes - Credit: Archant

Fans are arriving in Norwich for the Take That concert at Carrow Road this evening in their droves.

Geraldine Spanswick (centre) and Marlene Rasberry (R) and friends at Riverside. Photo: Jessica Frank

Geraldine Spanswick (centre) and Marlene Rasberry (R) and friends at Riverside. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes - Credit: Archant

LATEST: First pictures as Take That take to the stage at Norwich's Carrow Road

Superfan Sarah Samuel said she had been waiting to enter the football stadium since first thing this morning.

Fans are already queuing at Carrow Road: (L-R) Marie Utting, 30, Julie Gomer, 41, Emma Woodhouse, 28

Fans are already queuing at Carrow Road: (L-R) Marie Utting, 30, Julie Gomer, 41, Emma Woodhouse, 28, Emma Artingstall, 30, and Elaine Young, 58. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes - Credit: Archant

The 39-year-old from Norwich, said: 'I've waiting here since about 9.20am this morning. We wanted to try and get to the front. They've been my favourite band for twenty-something years.' Sarah said it is 'unbelievable' to be able see them play in her hometown, adding: 'We've only walked about 20 minutes down the road.'

MORE: 'Staying nearby, Norwich. What a beautiful part of England!' - Take That's Howard Donald arrives in NorfolkShe has seen them in concert 'eight or nine times before' and has stayed clear of social media to avoid any spoilers.

Take That fans are arriving in Norwich for the concerts on Thursday, June 15, and Friday, June 16. P

Take That fans are arriving in Norwich for the concerts on Thursday, June 15, and Friday, June 16. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes - Credit: Archant


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Friends Marlene Rasberry, 64, and Geraldine Spanswick, 62, were also in line, having travelled from King's Lynn for tonight's gig.

'They've never played so close to home before. We've always had to travel to Sheffield, Manchester, or London to see them,' they said.

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Sarah Samuel, 39, has seen Take That play eight or nine times before. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes

Sarah Samuel, 39, has seen Take That play eight or nine times before. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes - Credit: Archant

MORE: Armed police called in for Take That gigs in NorwichAnother group of fans - Marie Utting, 30, Julie Gomer, 41, Amanda Woodhouse, 28, Emma Artingstall, 30 and Elaine Young, 58 - said they were most excited about seeing what kind of a show they put on because the trio are famed for their elaborate touring productions.

Ms Artingstall said they didn't feel too concerned about security, adding: 'We've seen lots of police walking around and they seem really friendly. They've told us what we can and can't bring into the venue. We're still going to really enjoy the show.'

Claire Holland, 44, Cath Cannon, 45, Carol Charles, 51, Alison Harding, 40, and Wendy Lamb, 48, who had travelled from Colchester and Southhampton, felt the same way, saying that Norwich seemed 'quiet'.

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MORE: Will Robbie Williams make an appearance at Carrow Road?'We've had a bunch of special police officers have a chat with us. We know security will be tight, we've seen the sniffer dogs and so on'.

Ms Cannon said that she had seen them last week at the 02 and that the show was 'amazing'.

Grant McCluskey, 33, a security guard at the Queen of Iceni pub on Riverside said: 'They've upped the security at Carrow Road… people have to arrive two hours early and can't take bags in'.

He added that the pub was 'expecting a lot more people to come in on Friday and over the weekend'.

A Greater Anglia Rail customer services representative said that while she isn't a fan of the band, 'it's good for the city'.

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