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Stafford Gatehouse: comedian's visit prompts ticket frenzy

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

COMEDY FEVER...Lee Evans will perform at Stafford Gatehouse

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COMEDY fever hit Stafford when 545 tickets for Lee Evans sold out in an hour and 15 minutes.

Hundreds of fans from Stafford and the surrounding area queued for hours outside the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre when tickets went on sale today.

- First in the queue were four friends from Highfields - Sarah Murray, Jason Belcher, Martin Hughes, all from Baggots Oak and Carl Wilson, of Marlowe Road.

Miss Murray, 24, of Baggots Oak, said: “We have been here since 6.30am. We wanted to make sure we got tickets. I have never seen him before, that’s why we came this early.”

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Mr Belcher, 28, also of Baggots Oak, said: “I have seen him before. He is funny – hilarious. It’s cold. We have had three cups of tea and a burger.”

Raymond O’Callaghan, 60, of Blythe Close, Blythe Green, drove 15 miles to queue for tickets.

He said: “He’s excellent, brilliant. I’ve seen him here once.”

Dave Appleton, 41, of The Pippins, Moss Pit, Stafford, said: “I’ve been here since 7.30am. I saw him here last time. He was very good. He did a couple of hours at least. He’s very humble and kept thanking the Stafford people. He’s been here on his last 10 or 11 tours.”

Bringing up the rear of the queue was Helen Wright from Rugeley, who also had a friend phoning up to make sure they got tickets.

The 26-year-old, of Fernwood Drive, said: “We just wanted to see him live but I don’t think we are going to get the chance to be honest. My friend might get them on the phone.

Derrick Gask, the theatre’s artistic programme manager, said: “We would like to thank everyone for their patience and apologise to those who may be disappointed not to get tickets. We would also like to thank everyone for their continued support and for choosing Stafford Gatehouse Theatre for their entertainment.”

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