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Children to miss out on Sunderland One Direction concert amid ticket rule row

Eight-year-old Ruby Lynn, of Leechmere Road, Sunderland, is upset at organisers of the One Direction concert at the Stadium of Light will not admit her to a standing only section she has bought tickets for because of her age. Ruby is pictured with mum Lynsay Short.

Eight-year-old Ruby Lynn, of Leechmere Road, Sunderland, is upset at organisers of the One Direction concert at the Stadium of Light will not admit her to a standing only section she has bought tickets for because of her age. Ruby is pictured with mum Lynsay Short.

NEWS that One Direction fans under 12 will not be admitted to the band’s upcoming Stadium of Light gig if they have standing tickets has left some youngsters heartbroken.

Tickets to the Sunderland gig – the first of the UK leg of tween favourites Harry, Zayn, Liam, Louis and Niall’s ‘Where We Are’ tour sold out within hours of going on sale last year.

But many of their younger fans have been caught out after organisers warned that under-12s will not be allowed in if they have bought the £50-a-head standing tickets – whether they are accompanied by an adult or not.

In last Tuesday’s Echo, we reported that concert-goers will have to prove their age at the door to get into the May 28 event of the band’s first-ever global stadium tour.

And scores of people took to social media to vent their views on the matter.

One youngster who has been left inconsolable is eight-year-old Ruby Lynn from Grangetown, who has been looking forward to seeing her idols for the first time, since getting her ticket in September.

Mum Lynsay Short, 36, said she had planned to take the Hillview Junior School pupil to the concert, along with her auntie and cousin who have also bought tickets.

“She’s been into them since they were on The X Factor but she has never seen them in concert before,” housewife Lynsay said. “This would have been the first time. She is crying, she is absolutely devastated.”

Lynsay, who lives with partner Daniel Lynn, 40, a self-employed builder, and other children Lucie, four, and nine-year-old Daniel, said she cannot understand why there is an age restriction.

“We went to see North East Live at the stadium last year and she absolutely loved it and we’ll be going again this year,” she said.

“We were standing on the pitch and there was no pushing and shoving whatsoever. And when One Direction announced they were coming here, Ruby just kept saying ‘mum, mum, can we go, can we go’.

“A few of us bought the tickets together and the first we found out was reading about the age restriction in the Echo this week. She is absolutely inconsolable. We can’t even get a refund.”

A spokesperson for the Stadium of Light said: “The age restrictions apply to every One Direction show at every UK venue, they are not specific to the Stadium of Light and have been put in place centrally to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone attending the concerts.

“The terms and conditions of sale of the tickets, along with FAQ’s on the various ticketing websites, clearly state the age restrictions at point of purchase.”

 

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