Take That Mania Strikes Again!
We headed to Oxford Street to check out the boys' album signing...
Take That were left flabbergasted yesterday (November 27) when almost 800 fans packed in to the Oxford St HMV for their album signing session.
In scenes reminiscent of their '90s hey day, the boys appeared on stage to squeals, screems and chants from hordes of fans clutching on to copies of the new alb, 'Beautiful World'.
"Wow what a lovely surprise," Gary beamed. Mark added, "This is good i'n't it?" while a gobsmacked Jason summed up the near hysterical reception with a simple: "This is like a mad house"! Howard, on the other hand, just seemed to be drinking in the atmosphere.
After answering a few questions from the audience (Mark said he'd wanted to bring his 3-month-old son Elwood, while Gary said there were no dates for another tour yet) the boys got down to signing.
Over 750 fans turned out to see them, and they ranged in age from 15 to 50s. Many had been queuing for the chance to meet the band for over 12 hours.
Super fans Lisa Vale, 26, and Yasmin Johnson, 18, were the first on the scene, setting up camp in front of the HMV store at 2am Sunday - for their fine work they were each given a bouquet of flowers and were the first to meet and have their pictures taken with the boys.
"That was incredible," Lisa told us after getting her album signed, "I nearly fainted."
Sam Long, 20, had travelled from Cambridge to see her idols and got to the store at 2am this morning. She told us, "I've had no sleep since 7am yesterday and I've lost all concept of time. They're worth it though!"
Her mate Kelly Vicker, 22, agreed, "My love for them has never died. They've kept up with everything that's cool and they look better than ever. The album is going to be another No 1 for them."
And one of the youngest fans on the scene Nuala Hadiman, 15, from Suffolk told us, "I was only 4 when they were at their peak, but I got in to them through my mum. I love them more than anything and want to marry Mark".
Another 2000 fans turned out to see the boys when they travelled North to Manchester to their evening signing. See, nothing's changed. Take That, welcome back!