Cheers replace tears for 'lost gig' One Direction fans
They were a few days late, but the biggest boyband in the world made their Belfast fans happy last night by performing a belter of a show.
One Direction caused meltdown among young fans on Tuesday when the first of three On The Road Again Tour gigs at the SSE Arena was called off at the last minute when Liam Payne fell ill.
After tears, tantrums and much angst among youngsters from across Northern Ireland the hotly anticipated concert, which fans had bought tickets for months in advance, was rescheduled for last night at the expense of a Belfast Giants ice hockey game.
After the false start earlier this week Claire McCrudden (30) from Ballymena and her 11-year-old daughter Mya were among the fans to queue in the rain on yesterday to get into the venue to see Liam, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson perform.
"I was upset when the concert was cancelled on Tuesday," Claire said. "I spent about £300, so it has cost us, and I am still a bit annoyed, but I am just glad they rescheduled."
Ciara McAuley (25) from Cushendall told the Belfast Telegraph her daughter Chloe (8) was "hysterical" when One Direction pulled out of Tuesday night's performance at the last moment.
"I was gutted the other night," she said. "I didn't think she would have taken it so bad but she was hysterical and that made me worse.
"Chloe is happy now, so it's all right."
Chloe, an admirer of Niall because he is "talented and smart", added: "I was very upset but I am all happy now. Cheered up."
It was a very special night for little Cara Beggs (7) from Antrim, as it was her first time attending a live music gig.
She explained that her favourite One Direction member was Louis, "because he's better than Harry", and after being sad on Tuesday was in great form last night.
Don Bonner from Londonderry was accompanying his stepdaughter Kaitlyn McCrea to the sell-out show.
He thought the cancellation on Tuesday "was a joke" when first announced.
But he was pleased Kaitlyn got the chance to see her favourite band last night instead.
"I was annoyed," Kaitlyn said.
"But I was concerned about Liam."
Caroline Burns (33) from Lurgan was at the SSE Arena with her daughters Shannon (14) and Katie (8) and her seven-year-old niece Molly Mulholland.
"The children were crying their eyes out on Tuesday," she said.
"But it has worked out now."