Fab five still Rule the World

Take That on stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light
Take That on stage at Sunderland's Stadium of Light

FOR the thousands of screaming and adoring fans, it was undoubtedly their Greatest Day.

After the long wait for the announcement of their next tour, the agonising battle for tickets and the everlasting countdown of days until the five, yes five, boys took to the stage again, Take That rolled into Sunderland.

Robbie Williams decends on to the stage

Robbie Williams decends on to the stage

Could It be Magic? It certainly was.

The stage was set, the props were up and the patience of the waiting game was over as The Progress tour kicked off in sensational style last night.

There wasn’t a spare seat in the house as the thousands at the Stadium of Light swayed, jumped and danced as one.

Take That fans from Hartlepool and east Durham joined an estimated 55,000-strong crowd for a spectacular show.

The boys are back – including Robbie Williams.

Together on tour for the first time in 15 years, the five of them looked like they had never been apart belting out the classics which turned them into household names and pin-ups in the 90’s and the ballads which guaranteed a hugely successful comeback just five years ago.

And if the Circus Tour was brilliant - the latest showpiece is spectacular.

Take That stretched the limits of a live performance to a whole new level with two and a half hours of massive hits and quirky surprises.

Tears of happiness rolled down the cheeks of the 55,000 fans ecstatic to get yet another chance to see their heroes.

And the emotion of the whole occasion hit Robbie hard too - visibly taken aback by his first live tour performance since 2006.

The buzzing crowd hit every single lyric from the old classics to to the latest chart-toppers.

The sky-high atmosphere and sound-levels of the sing along didn’t dip once, from the moment the boys hit the stage at 8.30pm to them leaving it more than two hours later.

The spectacle of the show is quite simply tremendous - and there wasn’t a fan in the house who appeared not to be mesmorised by the constant goings-on on stage.

And the smiles of the thousands who were lucky enough to get a ticket for the opening night will still be spread across their faces today.

Upon leaving the stadium, one ecstatic female fan said: “I’m lost for words, that was just unbelievable.

“It was one of the worst days of my life when Take That split up and I have waited 15 years to see that.

“It was brilliant!”

Prepare yourself Sunderland, because there are three more nights still to come.

If proof was required, this is it, because in the eyes of the thousands of fans Take That Rule The World.

Superintendent Bruce Storey, of Northumbria Police, said: “Everyone attending last night’s event was very well behaved and there were very few issues from a policing perspective. Overall, it was a great event for the city and region.”