High praise for Elton’s concert

The audience loving Sir Elton John as he plays the Scarborough Open Air Theatre to a sell-out, record crowd of 8500. Picture by Andrew Higgins  112271    05/06/11
The audience loving Sir Elton John as he plays the Scarborough Open Air Theatre to a sell-out, record crowd of 8500. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112271 05/06/11

TOURISM bosses have lauded praise on pop legend Sir Elton John after his sparkling Open Air Theatre show.

The musical superstar rocked the venue on Sunday during a huge sell-out performance which left euphoric fans in ecstasy.

The audience loving Sir Elton John as he plays the Scarborough Open Air Theatre to a sell-out, record crowd of 8500. Picture by Andrew Higgins  112271    05/06/11

The audience loving Sir Elton John as he plays the Scarborough Open Air Theatre to a sell-out, record crowd of 8500. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112271 05/06/11

The concert’s 8,500 strong crowd were treated to a two-and-a-half hour show by the 64-year-old, who was given numerous standing ovations by his delighted followers.

Janet Deacon, Scarborough’s area director for tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire’s area director, said: “The show was electric!

“The atmosphere was fantastic and you could tell everyone really enjoyed it.

“Elton said he was really pleased to be in Scarborough, which is great.

Elton John performs at the open-air theatre.'Photo by Dave Barry 112273

Elton John performs at the open-air theatre.'Photo by Dave Barry 112273

“It was a real success.”

Scarborough Council leader Tom Fox said the show had given the Open Air Theatre a terrific start to the summer.

He added: “It was absolutely fantastic, both the performance and the atmosphere.

“The theatre was full of happy, excited people, which was marvellous.

“I’m really pleased to see the theatre open again.”

The evening also came up roses for Scarborough florist Jodie Newton, 26, who was given the privileged task of providing the legend with his favourite pre-show flowers.

Ms Newton, manager of Jasmines Florist, in Albemarle Crescent, provided seven vase arrangement and a special bouquet vase for the Candle In The Wind star.

She said: “I was unfortunate that I didn’t get tickets but to get to do the flowers was a real honour.

“We have worked with well-known people before such as Alan Ayckbourn but to do flowers for Sir Elton John was great.”