Wearside Westlife fans queue for farewell tickets

From left, Westlife fans Rachael Cromarty (23), Vickey Lax (31), Michelle Watson (40), Nicola Hall (28).
From left, Westlife fans Rachael Cromarty (23), Vickey Lax (31), Michelle Watson (40), Nicola Hall (28).
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WESTLIFE fans camped out for three days to get their hands on tickets for their heroes’ last live shows.

Superfans Nicola Hall, 28, her mum Sharon, 53, and friends Vickey Lax, 31, and Wendy Reed, 56, and her daughter Gemma, 20, braved freezing weather to camp outside Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena.

File photo dated 02/11/10 of (left - right) Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Kian Egan of Westlife arrive at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards at Banqueting House in London.

File photo dated 02/11/10 of (left - right) Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Kian Egan of Westlife arrive at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards at Banqueting House in London.

The Washington women heard of the Irish boyband’s split yesterday and that the tour in May would be the group’s last.

Care assistant Vickey, who has been to every tour and met the band, said: “We were keeping warm inside our tent when I saw on Twitter on my phone that they had announced their split.

“We were absolutely devastated. I understand they want to pursue other things, but it feels like the end of an era.”

Although the pals were first in the queue as tickets went on sale yesterday, they were told that the best seats had been reserved for fan club members.

Nicola, a care assistant, said: “It’s absolutely shocking that we haven’t been given the best seats even though we were the first in the queue.

“You would think that the first people would get the best, but we were told that all the front-row centre seats had been reserved for the fan club.

“We’re all part of the official Westlife fan club and we weren’t informed of this.”

Paul Tappenden, marketing director for the Metro Radio Arena, said: “Westlife tickets went on sale on Tuesday 9am to their fan club, and yesterday to previous Westlife bookers.

“The event goes on general sale to the public today, and tickets are sold on a first come basis, and are allocated best seats at the time of booking.

“Most bookings are made online.”