Belfast Telegraph

One Direction save best song ever for little cancer survivor Molly Taylor at Belfast gig

By David Young and Amanda Ferguson

It was a night little Molly Taylor could never have imagined - and one she will never forget.

Not only did she meet her One Direction heroes, but she also had one of their songs dedicated to her by the band in front of thousands of fans.

The Ahoghill schoolgirl - who was given the all-clear from cancer just weeks ago - had been looking forward to her rendezvous with the boyband stars for months.

Last night Molly met the boys backstage and had a special one-to-one five-minute chat with Niall Horan.

During the show singer Harry Styles dedicated their hit Girl Almighty to her. To borrow the title of another 1D classic, it was the best song ever for Molly.

"This one's for you, Molly!" he told the packed auditorium, as hundreds of fans help up signs reading 'Molly is our Girl Almighty'.

"Molly was in her element," said family friend Philip Johnston. Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night he said: "She's ecstatic at meeting the band - and a nicer bunch of lands you couldn't meet."

And Molly made her entrance in style, as she and mum Lisa travelled to the SSE Arena gig in a huge silver stretch limo organised by Mr Johnston.

Dressed to impress, Molly wore a white T-shirt with 'Future Mrs Horan' emblazoned on the back, and sported a pink bow in her hair, with pink shoes to match.

Earlier this year a social media campaign 'Please Help Molly Meet One Direction in Belfast Oct 2015' was set up by Mr Johnston - and quickly went viral.

It worked.

In May the band's Niall sent Molly a video with the message she'd been hoping for.

"Hi Molly, it's Niall here.

"I can't wait to see you at the show, I've heard you've been a very brave girl.

"Lots of love, see you soon," he said in the video.

Lisa told the Belfast Telegraph: "I think if it hadn't been for Niall Horan I don't think she'd have made it through last year.

"Just watching silly video clips and watching videos, it has kept her going."

A Facebook video of Molly stepping into the stretch limo at her home last night had been seen more than 250 times within an hour of being posted.

Delighted friends left heartfelt messages of joy after seeing the excitement on the little girl's face as she prepared for the night of her life.

"Excellent T-shirt - have fun wee bun!" said Erica Johnson from Portavogie, while Leeann McCab from Belfast said: "Ahhhh this is just amazing sooo happy for you Molly have an awesome time!!!!"

After the cancellation of Tuesday's One Direction gig, the band's fans were happier yesterday, knowing they will now see their heroes tonight.

Alexandra Johnston (13) from Derry said people need to move on from the controversy after Liam took ill and the first Belfast concert was cancelled.

She said the band's music has helped her through the ups and downs of her cancer treatment.

"I love One Direction so much because they are just the most nicest and genuine guys ever," she said.

"They have helped me so much through everything.

"I think that Liam had the right to cancel the show if something was wrong with him.

"I would rather him be okay more than anything.

"I'm just so glad that he is feeling better and that they didn't have to cancel all the shows."

She added: "They have apologised for what happened and I think that was all that was needed."

But ice hockey fans weren't so pleased at the cancellation of tonight's game.

Belfast Giants fan Mark Greer (16) from Dromore is angry at missing out.

"I feel sorry for youth groups who have made bookings and Sheffield Steelers fans who have booked hotels," he said.

"People have been left disappointed. I have been told I can get a refund or get to go to the match when it happens,.

"I feel I should get compensation."

Titanic Belfast bosses have said they want to ensure ice hockey fans still had a 'giant' weekend in Belfast so, along with others businesses in the area, have come up with some offers.

The visitor attraction, plus Odyssey Cinemas, The Wee Tram, Universal Sports Arena NI. Cast & Crew and W5 are all offering various discounts on presentation of game tickets.

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