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Breaking the bank for a chance to see their heroes: the diehard fans who keep following Girls Aloud

Northern Ireland- 7th December 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  JLS, Girls Aloud and Mrs Brown tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster in Belfast City Centre.  People pictured queuing up for the tickets.  Left to right.  Patricia Roach and Amy McCord.
Northern Ireland- 7th December 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. JLS, Girls Aloud and Mrs Brown tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster in Belfast City Centre. People pictured queuing up for the tickets. Left to right. Patricia Roach and Amy McCord.
Derry teenagers Siopha Gallagher, Lisa Kelly, Meghan Chambers and Caiomhe Toland, first in the queue for the Girls Aloud concert tickets which went on sale this morning at the Millennium Forum in Derry. 15-07-06.
ULSTER pop princess Nadine Coyle/Girls Aloud.
Northern Ireland- 7th December 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. JLS, Girls Aloud and Mrs Brown tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster in Belfast City Centre. People pictured queuing up for the tickets.
Northern Ireland- 7th December 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. JLS, Girls Aloud and Mrs Brown tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster in Belfast City Centre. People pictured queuing up for the tickets. Left to right. Amy McCord, Chloe Ashe, Rachael Hawthorne and Patricia Roach.
Northern Ireland- 7th December 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. JLS, Girls Aloud and Mrs Brown tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster in Belfast City Centre. People pictured queuing up for the tickets.
Northern Ireland- 7th December 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. JLS, Girls Aloud and Mrs Brown tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster in Belfast City Centre. People pictured queuing up for the tickets. Victoria Haveron.
Girls aloud concert SECC Glasgow
Where did you get the idea for those? Girls Aloud took to the stage in basque dress that appeared to have taken inspiration from BeyoncÈ
File photo dated 16/09/07 of Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole.Sunday February 17, 2008. Ashley Cole has scored another own goal - his wife Cheryl has been declared one of the world's sexiest women. The popularity of the Girls Aloud beauty has soared following revelations that her England football star husband cheated on her. Thousands of male fans have voted for the 24-year-old heartbroken pop star in a poll to name the world's 100 Sexiest Women. She was seventh in the FHM survey last year but is hovering around the top five now.
Nadine Coyle. Singer. Girls Aloud
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JANUARY 28: Pop band Girls Aloud Play Spirit nightclub to celebrate the 10th anniversary of 98fm radio station, Dublin, Ireland January 28 2004.
13.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD Girls Aloud Fans outside the Odyssey Arena, Belfast yesterday before the concert. Gail Martin with her daughters, Kerry (9) and Holly (8)
Northern Ireland- 7th December 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. JLS, Girls Aloud and Mrs Brown tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster in Belfast City Centre. People pictured queuing up for the tickets.
Girls Aloud comeback...File photo dated 18/02/2009 of Girls Aloud, who have confirmed their comeback four years after the chart-topping girl-band released their last album. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday October 9, 2012. The group - who celebrate their 10th anniversary next month - put a countdown clock on their website, marking nine days until Friday October 19. See PA story SHOWBIZ Aloud. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire...E
13.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD Girls Aloud Fans outside the Odyssey Arena, Belfast yesterday before the concert. Gail Martin with her daughters, Kerry (9) and Holly (8)
LONDON - JULY 23: Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud performs on stage at the second annual "Big Gay Out", Europe's biggest Gay music festival, at Finsbury Park on July 23, 2005 in London, England.
13.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD Girls Aloud Fans outside the Odyssey Arena, Belfast yesterday before the concert. Caolan Kearns, Ceven Fox and Paula Hardy
Girls Aloud performs on stage during the BRIT Awards, at Earls Court, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 18, 2009. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Girls Aloud fan Jade Fleming (7) from Derry pictured before leaving to see her favourite band in Belfast's Odyssey Areana last night. (tuesday). Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 28.4.09
Girls Aloud arrive at the Music Industry Trusts' Award 2008 at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday 3rd November 2008. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
GIRLS ALOUD - NADINE COYLE
13.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD Girls Aloud Fans outside the Odyssey Arena, Belfast yesterday before the concert. Megan O'Kane and Emily Johnson
13.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD Girls Aloud Fans outside the Odyssey Arena, Belfast yesterday before the concert. (Julie Stevenson with her daughters (L-R) Sophie (13), Lucy (10) and Karissa (19)
13.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD Girls Aloud Fans outside the Odyssey Arena, Belfast yesterday before the concert. Maria White, Michael Burns, Nicola White and Tina Burns
13.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD Girls Aloud Fans outside the Odyssey Arena, Belfast yesterday before the concert. Tessa Mochrie from Essex, Sophie Eego from London, Melissa Chadwick from Leeds, Sarah McDowell and Saoirse Weir
Cheryl Cole
13.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD Girls Aloud Fans outside the Odyssey Arena, Belfast yesterday before the concert. Mark O'Reilly and Jim McGowan
13.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD Girls Aloud Fans outside the Odyssey Arena, Belfast yesterday before the concert. Tracey Connor and Courtney Watterson
13.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD Girls Aloud Fans outside the Odyssey Arena, Belfast yesterday before the concert. Rachel Dawson
13.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD Girls Aloud Fans outside the Odyssey Arena, Belfast yesterday before the concert.
13.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD Girls Aloud Fans outside the Odyssey Arena, Belfast yesterday before the concert.
Sunday Life Features Cheryl Cole Girls Aloud
Aoife Donnelly, Georgia Mackin, Fionnghuala Donnelly, and Aife McManus going to see Girls Aloud in the Odyssey, Belfast. Pic by Ian Magill. 29/4/09.
Strictly Come Dancing 2012...Programme Name: Strictly Come Dancing - TX: 17/11/2012 - Episode: Episode 8 (No. Episode 8) - Embargoed for publication until: 18/11/2012 - Picture Shows: ** RESULTS SHOW ** THIS IMAGE IS STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 20:00, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18TH, 2012 Performing their single 'Something New', Girls Aloud - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy...hig
Rachel Campbell, Deidre Campbell, Maura Lyttle and Ellen Validay going to see Girls Aloud in the Odyssey, Belfast. Pic by Ian Magill. 29/4/09.
Northern Ireland- 7th December 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. JLS, Girls Aloud and Mrs Brown tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster in Belfast City Centre. People pictured queuing up for the tickets. Left to right. Chloe Ashe and Rachael Hawthorne.
Lingerie firm signs up Girls Aloud star...Handout from Ultimo of Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding, who has been unveiled as the new face of Ultimo lingerie, created by Glasgow-based entrepreneur Michelle Mone. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 8, 2006. Harding is wearing a black "frontless body" from the range, price £45. Former Ultimo models include Rachel Hunter and Helena Christensen. See PA story SHOWBIZ Ultimo. Photo credit should read: Ultimo/PA. ...A
Undated handout image showing Girls Aloud who are backing an anti bullying campaign and it's associated range of t-shirts, backed by high street fashion retailer, mkone, London..
Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud performs at Big Gay Out, the biggest gay festival in Europe, held at Finsbury Park in north London, Saturday 23 July 2005.
Jingle Bell Ball - London...Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud on stage at the Jingle Bell Ball presented by Capital FM at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 9, 2012. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire...E
LONDON - JULY 23: Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud performs on stage at the second annual "Big Gay Out", Europe's biggest Gay music festival, at Finsbury Park on July 23, 2005 in London, England.
Jingle Bell Ball - London...Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud on stage at the Jingle Bell Ball presented by Capital FM at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 9, 2012. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire...E
Undated handout image showing Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, modelling Ultimo's brand new Autumn Winter 2007 lingerie collection, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture issue date: Tuesday 31 October 2007. The collection is available online at www.ultimo.co.uk and from Debenhams Stores Nationwide. Photo credit should read: Ultimo.co.uk/PA Wire
Girls Aloud
28.04.09. Picture by David Fitzgerald. Girls Aloud playing at the Odyssey Arena Belfast last night. The fans queue up outside to get in
Sunday Life Features Girls Aloud
Pop group Girls Aloud in concert at the Carling Apollo in Hammersmith, west London, Saturday May 28, 2005.
Pop band "Girls Aloud"

A heady cocktail of pop, glamour and adoration gripped Belfast last night for the long-awaited return of Girls Aloud.

Devoted fans queued in their hundreds outside the Odyssey Arena as the girls rolled in to town for the first of two dates in the city.

It's been three years since Girls Aloud – Londonderry's Nadine Coyle, Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts and Sarah Harding – performed in Northern Ireland.

And the excitement among their die-hard fans was palpable as the doors opened for the Belfast leg of the tour to mark their decade in business.

'Aloud and Proud' read one sign pinned to a crash barrier at the Arena's entrance.

Sarah McDowell was among those queuing to see the chart-toppers.

Holding on to the placard, she listed off the destinations she has travelled to to see the five-piece.

"Manchester, Newcastle, London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Nottingham, Dublin," she said, ticking off each with her friends.

The 20-year-old from Banbridge is one of seven Girls Aloud fans from across the UK who first met each other at a book-signing of one of the band's members in London in 2010. They have stayed in contact ever since through Twitter.

"Since 2002 we have spent tens of thousands of pounds going to their concerts," Melissa Chedwick (19), another member of the group from Leeds, said.

"We have broken the bank – and our student loans – going to see them."

Speculation that this could be the last tour for the five stars, who have all pursued their own interests in recent years, was instantly put to bed by the group.

"They have been our heroes since we were 10," Sarah said.

"We don't think this is the last tour."

The Something New starlets have re-united for the 12-date tour, which will travel on to The O2 in Dublin on Saturday.

Megan O'Kane (21), a student from Bangor, remembers voting for the five unknowns on Popstar: the Rivals, the reality TV show which saw them catapulted to fame a decade ago.

"I love everything about them – their music, their attitudes," she said.

"They are all doing really well but they have all got a really good, down-to-earth attitude. It's proof that if you work hard enough you can make it.

"I have been to see them 10 or 12 times. It does cost but I would not spend the money on anything else."

Trade in Girls Aloud cupcakes was brisk at the Odyssey Arena's Streat Cafe.

However, it hadn't reached the fever pitch reached last week when the cafe's One Direction cupcakes were selling in batches of 100 every evening.

But trade was steady by teatime yesterday evening, well before the venue's doors were due to open.

"We've sold about 20 today already," Ciara Boyd, the cafe's manager and creator of the chocolate-chip cupcakes, each topped with a picture of one of the five stars.

Outside, there was little doubt about the crowd's collective favourite of the band.

Amid a scattering of 'welcome home Nadine' posters for the Derry singer, fans, male and female, professed their adoration of Cheryl Cole.

"Why am I here? Cheryl Cole, absolutely," Gerard Forgiona from north Belfast said.

"It's Cheryl Cole – the hair, those adverts for L'Oreal," Caolan Kearns from Newry agreed.

He added: "It's just the glamour."

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