Hardcore Take That fans will never forget the night they camped out at Villa Park for tickets to see the original band tour for the first time in 15 years.
Devastated by their break-up in 1996, mum-of-two Frankie Forknall, made it her mission to get one of the £55 standing tickets which went on sale at 9am today for next June's concert in Birmingham.
She decided to queue at the ground to guarantee tickets, rather than chance it online. The 31-year-old carer, from Castle Vale, who planned to spend the night in a tent, said: “I went home from school crying when they split up. When they got back together it was one of the best days of my life.
“It’s like reliving my youth. It’s about time I grew up but I’ll probably be camping out again at 50.”
Frankie, who’s also a fan of Birmingham City, said: “I’ll forgive them for the moment of madness – picking this place.”
Take That promised a "feast for the imagination" with their first tour as a complete group in 16 years.
Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald have reunited for the Progress Live 2011 tour next summer. The 14-date UK tour includes the Villa Park date on June 27.
The last time the five-piece performed together was in 1995.
Student Georgina Bould, aged 41, had travelled from Robbie Williams’ home city of Stoke-on-Trent with daughter Lily, who was born four days before she was due to see them at the NEC, 16 years ago.
“I didn’t go because she was so young. But when I went to see them the following year Robbie had left the band two weeks before,” she said.
“We’ve been to every tour since they’ve reformed and bringing Lily’s just been the icing on the cake.
“Robbie was always my favourite so this is just going to be absolutely fantastic. They’re brilliant, the four of them, but the true fans know it’s better to have the five of them together.”
Without sleeping bags friends Laura Jones and Kerry Mattey, both aged 17 and from Sutton, were going to keep warm by ordering an Indian takeaway.
Student Kerry said: “I used to listen to them years ago and I wished I could have seen them with Robbie so I can’t wait. I never thought I’d get to see them all together.”
Devoted husband Steve Foxall was queuing up for his wife, 42-year-old Tina.
The 46-year-old civil engineer, from Sutton, said: “I’ve done it enough for the football so it’s only fair I queue up for this.
“I’ve brought a book with me."
* Take That fans are being warned not to become victims of online fraud in the rush to snap up tickets for the group's forthcoming tour.
The band only announced details of the long-awaited tour on Tuesday but officers from the Met's Economic and Specialist Crime Command have already found several bogus websites claiming to be offering tickets.
Typical scams see fans pay for tickets which never arrive or hand over personal details which can be used in identity theft.
Detective Inspector Sean Crotty said: "There are huge numbers of Take That fans who will be desperate to get hold of tickets for these concerts.
"However, buying tickets from unofficial websites or agencies could result in them losing money, having their credit cards details compromised and ultimately losing out on the opportunity to see the band."