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Season 2010/11

Take That Special: Opening night

  • 04 June 2011 18:53
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson. Pictures by Sharon Latham

When they said "Take That", Sharon didn't have to be told twice - she took that, and that, and a few more besides for a unique peek at how the boys in the band took over temporarily from the boys in blue ...

 ten  mins after the gates opened the fans race to the front

You have to be there early doors to get close enough to catch Robbie's eye, so there's an almighty rush a few minutes after the gates open and the first of 55,000 fans hurry to stake their claim near the front ...  

 Backstage 5 mins before the pet shop boys go on

Now the place is really filling up, as you can see from backstage. We're sure Jason popped his head out to take a butcher's just a minute ago ...

  Lee Jackson meets his fave band minutes before they go live on stage

When groundsman Lee Jackson heard about the concert, he yelled "Turf's Up".  He didn't mishear it as the Beach Boys, but it would be a sin to ruin his award-winning pitch. It's stacked in his garage now as the Pet Shop Boys admire his trophy.

 The waiting is over the fans go wild

Now the waiting is over and the fans go wild - Sharon's words, not ours, and she was in the thick of it as Take That took to the stage ...

 Mr williams does his bit

And here's the view from the posh seats. Not bad, boys, some stage set-up you've got there for Robbie to entertain us. Still, that's progress eh?

If you're coming to any of the remaining TT gigs, check out our special section on the web site for information on travelling to the ground, parking and more.

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