Elton John, Ipswich, gig review: Love Island presenter Caroline Flack joins fans heaping praise on ‘incredible’ concert at Portman Road
Hot on the heels of Take That's visit to Norwich's Carrow Road on Thursday and Friday evening, starry-eyed Sir Elton John fans turned out in their thousands as the music legend's long-awaited concert at Portman Road in Ipswich last night.
Guests travelled to the Ipswich stadium from as far away as America to see their idol perform chart-topping hits like Tiny Dancer, Your Song and Can You Feel the Love Tonight to scores of people.
Concert-goers, who filtered into the stadium for a 6pm start, basked in dazzling sunshine and soaring temperatures of 28C and above.
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Security at the much-anticipated gig was stepped up with sniffer dogs from both Suffolk and Norfolk Constabulary - who are trained to detect explosives - guarding the gates.
Norfolk native and Love Island presenter was just one of the thousands at the concert yesterday evening and was one of many to take to Twitter to thank Elton for such a fabulous evening.
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She tweeted: 'I laughed, cried and danced ridiculously ... Thank you @eltonofficial. That was INCREDIBLE... #eltonjohn #ipswich.'
But seeing Sir Elton so close to home was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, according to some visitors. Kathleen Woodward, from Felixstowe, said the concert was on her bucket list.
Her daughter Samantha, who went with her, bought the tickets as a birthday present. She said: 'I knew how much it meant for mum to go. She is a big fan and I also like a lot of his songs so it was a no-brainer when we heard he was coming to Ipswich.'
Kathleen added: 'It's on my bucket list, Sir Rod Stewart was as well and we went up to Norwich for that. We can't wait, I reckon it's going to be a good night - it's once in a lifetime really. We'll both be dancing the night away.'
Louise and Matthew White went to the gig with seven of their friends and family. One of their friends, John Skelt from Ipswich, said: 'It's a big outing for us and I think for Ipswich too really.
'It's great for the town to have someone like Sir Elton come along and play here, it raises the profile of Portman Road.'