Thirty-five people were treated for minor injuries following a huge turn-out at One Direction’s homecoming concert last night in the West Midlands.
The group were performing an open air set in Wolverhampton’s city centre, however with limited tickets some fans had been waiting all day in sub-zero temperatures to watch the show.
More than 4,000 free tickets were given out for the event on Monday, however it was estimated that around 15,000 fans turned up to show their support.
A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Although it was a good natured crowd, ambulance staff did end up treating 35 patients for minor injuries, the effects of the cold and over excitement.”
The spokesperson added: “The band didn’t come on stage until just before 8.00pm, but the first casualty was found in Lichfield Street at 4.45pm with a head injury. After treatment she was discharged on scene.
“Another five casualties were dealt with about half an hour later. Three hadn’t eaten or drunk all day, one had felt feint and the fifth was hyperventilating. The latter two patients also had insufficient clothing on for the conditions. After treatment, getting warmed up and eating something, all five were discharged.
“Just before the band took to the stage there was a surge in the crowd. A total of 28 people were lifted out over the barriers at the front. Eight were assessed and by ambulance staff but did not require hospital treatment and went back into the crowd.
“In the main the fans were in good spirits despite the temperature dropping to -7 degrees Celsius.”
The group’s mentor Simon Cowell was also at the event to encourage support for the boys ahead of this weekend’s grand X Factor final. He told reports: “One Direction are hard working, they never complain and diverse to win.”
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