A female fan was picked by Gary Barlow to join him on stage during a gig after her husband waved a sign from the crowd that read “if you pick her I can go to the World Cup.”
The former Take That star performed in front of a sell-out crowd at the Eden Project as 6,500 packed into the venue so see him belt out some of his biggest hits.
One lucky female fan got plucked out of the crowd to go on stage – but had her football loving husband to thank.
Estate agent Tean Nobes, 36, who lives in Torpoint, Cornwall, ran a campaign on social media in the build-up to the concert to try and get Gary to notice her in the crowd.
But it was her husband Duncan’s large world cup banner that seemed to do the trick.
Duncan, 43, who is in the Royal Navy, now has the green light to go and watch England in Russia later this month.
Tean said: “I don’t know if he is going to go to the world cup now or not but after last night he can do whatever he wants.”
Self-confessed Barlow super-fan Tean said she had tried to get Gary’s attention for a while and was stunned to finally be picked.
She added: “It basically all started in the 2014 tour he did. He pulled up a fan onto stage when I went to see him in Dubai so I created a banner to say ‘pick me’.
“Then this tour came around and we started the campaign.
“I go and see him a lot but this one felt special as it was on my home turf so it was really nice to do a big campaign to pick me.
“It was a really big shock and I did not expect him to pick me, he has never done before so I was really surprised.
“Duncan can do whatever he wants now. I don’t care. He is not as big a fan as me but he does enjoy the music.”
Straight after the concert Tean posted a video of her moment with Gary and wrote on facebook: “So tonight I was the lucky girl to be picked by Gary!
“Thank you to everyone who tweeted, my lovely friends for just being ace all tour and my ‘handsome Duncan’ for being the most amazing husband I could wish for.”
Among those in the crowd in Cornwall on Wednesday night who witnessed her on the stage was Gareth Bartlett.
He said: “Gary picked a girl out of the crowd to get on stage because her husband had a sign that said ‘if you pick her I can go to the World Cup.
“He then let her sit on a stool for the duration of ‘A Million Love Songs’ and posed for goofy selfies.”
Also in the crowd was Zachary Simmon, nine, from Redruth, Cornwall, who wrote a moving letter to Barlow last year after missing out on tickets for his Eden Session upon release back in November.
All tickets sold out in a record 30 minutes, with many ending up in the hands of touts but after Gary read the youngster’s letter he invited him and his mother Samantha SImmons to be his special guests.
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