November 12, 2002 10:29
WHAT MAKES A FAN!
Thousands of fans pack the streets trying to get a glimpse of their heroes....
brought BELFAST city centre to standstill yesterday (November 12) when 7,000 of their fans packed the streets hoping to catch sight of their heroes.
The chart-toppers were on a whistle-stop promotional tour of the UK and Ireland attempting to set a world record for the most in-store appearances in 36 hours by a pop band.
Their successful attempt saw them take in HMV stores in Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester and London - but it was Belfast where the fans turn-out exceeded all expectations, leading a HMV spokesperson to describe it as like "something from 'A Hard Day's Night'."
Up to 1,500 fans began queuing outside the Belfast store on Saturday (November 9). By the time Westlife
arrived, 7,000 had gathered. The street outside the store was closed off and police had to be called to control the throng.
remained for two hours and saw at least a dozen over-heated and over-emotional young fans pass out and require assistance.
As the band left, fans tore down the street after their cortege, trying again to get close to the band.