Sunderland teenager’s special birthday wish comes true - tickets to see Coldplay

Shauna Lay of Farringdon celebrating her 18th birthday yesterday by queuing for Coldplay tickets at the Stadium of Light

Shauna Lay of Farringdon celebrating her 18th birthday yesterday by queuing for Coldplay tickets at the Stadium of Light

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BIRTHDAY girl Shauna Lay received her perfect present – after queuing more than 20 hours for Coldplay tickets.

The student at Bede Sixth Form, who turned 18 yesterday, was among the first in line for tickets for the Stadium of Light gig.

BBC handout photo.  Chris Martin performs at the Children In Need Rocks Manchester concert inside the Manchester Evening News (MEN) arena.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday November 17, 2011.  See PA story SHOWBIZ Children. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

BBC handout photo. Chris Martin performs at the Children In Need Rocks Manchester concert inside the Manchester Evening News (MEN) arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday November 17, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ Children. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Shauna, from Farringdon, was among more than 200 fans who camped out at the Black Cats’ ground.

“It was definitely worth it,” she said. “I was waiting from noon the previous day.

“It was freezing cold, but it was great to get my tickets. It was a fantastic birthday.”

Meanwhile, preparations for the June 7 concert, as well as the Red Hot Chili Peppers gig on June 24, are already under way.

Ken Scott, development manager at Sunderland City Council, said: “The news that the Stadium of Light is to host further high-profile acts in 2012 is confirmation – if any were needed – that the stadium and the city are major players on the concert circuit.

“Planning for the safe enjoyment of those concerts by the many thousands who will fill the stadium has been long under way.

“In-depth debriefs of the last concert season have already been held as part of the planning process for the following summer.

“Complacency in respect of customer safety will never be an issue as each year we look to improve and refine the customer experience.”