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I knew One Direction wouldn't let us down, I'm so excited

Worry turns to delight as 1D concerts get green light

By Laura Abernethy

Published 22/10/2015

Fans outside the SSE Arena celebrate the news that One Direction would honour their remaining two gigs in Belfast, and that the cancelled one was scheduled for tomorrow night
Fans outside the SSE Arena celebrate the news that One Direction would honour their remaining two gigs in Belfast, and that the cancelled one was scheduled for tomorrow night

Tears of despair turned to tears of joy as dedicated One Direction fans got the news that the shows would go on yesterday.

Just before 12.30pm, the hundreds of fans who had been queueing since the early hours of the morning screamed in delight when they heard that the gigs that were planned for last night and today would go ahead as planned.

The band had cancelled Tuesday night's show just moments before they were due to go on stage as band member Liam Payne was suffering from a mystery illness. There were worries that other dates would be affected.

But many fans cried with happiness when they finally heard that Liam was feeling better and they would get to see their idols on stage.

Despite the uncertainty, hundreds came from across Northern Ireland and some from even further afield to spend the day queuing outside the SSE Arena in an attempt to get a spot right in front of the stage.

Jose Delhez (22) and Shelly Kekssens (24) had travelled from Amsterdam, Holland to see the boyband. They had tickets for the first and second shows and they were devastated when they heard on Tuesday night that the show had been cancelled.

After the news came through that the show would go ahead last night, Jose said: "We're so relieved. We know that Tuesday night's concert has been rescheduled for Friday but we're leaving tomorrow so we're so glad we didn't come for nothing. We are fine with one show and now we're really excited."

As excitement built, fans got into the spirit and belted out renditions of hits such as What Makes You Beautiful and Best Song Ever.

Amie Craig (14) from Saintfield said: "I'm very excited now I know it's going ahead. There were tears. I was so worried it wouldn't happen. When they were making the announcement, I was shaking and there were so many butterflies in my stomach."

Lucy Moir (15) from Armagh: "I knew they wouldn't let us down and now I'm so excited. I've been a fan since they were on X Factor and this is the first time I'll see them live. I can't wait."

Caitlin Quigg (15) from Ballymoney: "I'm so excited. I was so angry last night when I'd heard it was cancelled because I'd been looking forward to this all year. I can't wait to get in there and see them now."

Disappointed fans who had tickets for Tuesday night's concert were told that their tickets would be valid for a rescheduled show on Friday and anyone who couldn't attend could get a full refund.

Jessica Douglas travelled from Melbourne, Australia with her mum to attend a number of shows on the last tour before the band take a break. She saw them in Dublin last week and had planned to see them in Belfast last night and was inside the SSE Arena when the news broke.

Despite flying over 10,000 miles she said she wasn't too disappointed. "Their health comes first. It's the number one priority. There's nothing they can do about it," she said.

The superfan has seen the band eight times this year and is now flying to England to see them on the final date of the tour in Sheffield.

Belfast Telegraph

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