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Adele fan keen to give ticket to wheelchair user who missed out on Belfast gig tickets

By Joanne Sweeney

A young girl's Christmas wish to go to an Adele concert could come true thanks to a good Samaritan.

Shirley Innes from Durham bought two tickets for Adele's Belfast concerts early next year but accidentally chose one of them for a wheelchair user.

And when she did an online search looking for someone in Northern Ireland who might need a wheelchair user ticket, she came across a story on our award-winning website.

Tickets to Adele's Belfast concerts on February 29 and March 1 sold out in just 20 minutes.

It left thousands of fans fuming at missing the opportunity to see the multi-platinum selling artist live following her return to the music scene after having a baby.

We reported on December 5 that some people were disappointed and frustrated at not getting concert tickets after having queued for hours outside the SSE Arena.

One Belfast man in particular, Ivan Parkinson, had been hoping to get tickets for his daughter - who is a wheelchair user - as a special Christmas present.

The search for Mr Parkinson is now on as we aim to ensure that Shirley's tickets get to him in time to surprise his daughter and make her Christmas.

Last night Shirley said: "I felt a bit stupid in making a mistake when I bought the tickets, so I thought that I would much rather them go to someone who missed out rather than put them on the internet and try to sell them.

"I came across Mr Parkinson and his daughter and I hope the Belfast Telegraph will be able to pass the tickets on to him as I have no use for them now."

The mother-of-two, originally from Glasgow, has just qualified as a social worker.

She has long wanted to enjoy a trip to Belfast and thought that the Adele concert would have been the ideal opportunity.

"I paid £38 each for the tickets and they are for Adele's first concert on February 29," she explained.

"One is for a wheelchair user and one is a standard ticket beside that.

"I'm not sure just how I came to select a wheelchair user seat, but I'm happy to pass them on to people who will really enjoy the show."

Mr Parkinson was placed on a ticket wish list after his daughter was unable to get passes from Ticketmaster.

He said he was reluctant to fork out higher than face value for the concert (on eBay etc) and told the Belfast Telegraph: "I would not be keen to pay that kind of money, I think it's really expensive."

Adele's 36-date tour will kick off in Belfast before moving to Dublin, London, Birmingham, Manchester and the Continent.

The 27-year-old is currently riding high in the pop charts with the single Hello from her third hit studio album 25, which follows on from 21 and 19.

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