Mum first in queue at 3.45am for Leona tickets

First in the queue Paula Wade,arrived at 3.45am for her tickets. Picture by Richard Ponter 130401a
First in the queue Paula Wade,arrived at 3.45am for her tickets. Picture by Richard Ponter 130401a

A Scarborough resident braved sub-zero temperatures and queued from 3.45am to get her hands on earlybird Leona Lewis tickets for her children.

Paula Wade, of Tennyson Avenue, took up her post at The Sands this morning, armed with a sleeping bag, camping chair, three big coats and handwarmers.

The dedicated mum wanted to secure the tickets for her two girls, Jessica and Emily Cochrane, who were unable to queue themselves as they had to attend school.

She also bought a ticket for the pop sensation, who is playing at the Open Air Theatre on July 12, for her mother-in-law Linda.

“It was absolutely freezing but it was worth it for the kids,” she said.

The next hardcore fan arrived at 4am and by 7.30am there was a queue of 15 Scarborough residents, who were all in good spirits, laughing and joking in the cold.

Speaking this morning, Robert Dean, director of Escape to the Sands, said: “We haven’t counted up yet but sales are still steady away. I would say a few hundred have gone so far.

“Leona Lewis is a huge act and I expect the tickets will continue to sell very well.”

The singer will join a host of other top acts that have been announced as part of the summer line-up at the outdoor venue.

Tickets have already gone on sale for Status Quo, who will play on Saturday, July 27 and McFly, who will take to the stage on Friday, August 30.

Last week it was announced that chartopping boyband The Wanted would perform at the theatre on Friday, June 14, with tickets being released next Monday.

Welcome to Yorkshire Area Director, Janet Deacon, said: “There has been a great deal of interest in tickets for Leona Lewis and her fans are clearly very dedicated.

“With McFly, Status Quo and The Wanted also set to grace the Open Air Theatre this summer and more top acts to be announced soon, we’re genuinely very excited.”