Safety wristbands for Sunderland One Direction gig

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CONCERT organisers are pulling out the stops to keep young One Direction’s fans safe when they descend on the Stadium of Light next month.

The gig will see more than 50,000 fans attending and enhanced safety provision has been given top priority.

Fans should expect to get their tickets for the May 28 concert in the next couple of weeks and free One Direction identification wristbands will also be available to under 18s.

The wristbands will have a space for parents or guardians to fill in their details to help reunite parents and children if they get separated, or for emergency services to contact them should youngsters need any treatment.

The wristband does not gain entry to the concert.

Sunderland AFC’s head of safety and security, Paul Weir, said: “We are expecting a higher than normal number of children and young people in attendance for this show and are asking parents to be extra vigilant and ensure that they and their children are fully aware of the safety messages and procedures. The safety of those attending concerts is always our utmost priority and we have worked closely with Northumbria Police and the city council with the aim of providing a safe environment for all those attending the show.”

The wristbands will be available from a number of locations, including: Stadium of Light ticket office and the customer services Desk at The Bridges. They will also be available on the day.