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Band gets new Globe off to a McFlyer!

Byline: IAN JOHNSON Chief Reporter

AFTER being closed for almost half a century, it is little wonder fans were gagging to get inside the Globe.

And last night, music lovers stepped back inside the revamped Stockton venue which opened up for the first time since 1975.

Chart-toppers McFly brought the curtain up as crowds queued around the block to finally get inside the stunning venue.

The theatre has undergone a PS28m refurbishment over the past few years and its long awaited opening has been delayed by the pandemic.

As the first act to step on the new stage at The Globe, McFly join the who's who of global music stars who have performed at the venue including The Beatles, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and Chuck Berry to name just a few.

Most of the fans were stepping foot inside for the first time. However for others, like Norton's Dennis Baverstock, it was a chance to relive their youth.

"I used to come to the matinee every Saturday when I was about 12 and it cost me two-and-a-half pence," said Dennis, who took his family to the show. I used to see all sorts of shows. I loved it here. I also stood in the alley and saw the Beatles arrive in a limousine in 1963! That is why I came tonight - I just wanted to be part of it again."

And he gave it the thumbs up, adding: "It looks beautiful.

"I am very proud of Stockton." Earlier on, huge queues formed around the venue while inside, there were reports of fans queueing down the stairs just to get served at the bar.

And for music lover Matthew Walker, 16, the show was his first ever live gig. He said there had been a "fun atmosphere". McFly have notched up seven UK number-one singles and sold millions of records, played the special gig to kick off the venue.

In the coming weeks, big name actsranging from Nick Cave to dance legend Judge Jules will play the venue.


The crowd at the Globe last night

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Author:IAN JOHNSON Chief Reporter
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 7, 2021
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