Elton John concert cut short by winds

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BLACKPOOL’S first outdoor concert at the new arena on the Tower Festival headland was sensationally cut short - due to worries over worsening winds.

Police asked Sir Elton to announce their decision to vacate the purpose-built concert arena almost two hours into his set.

Elton told the crowd of almost 11,000 he had been told to stop playing.

The Blackpool Tower Headland’s outdoor arena lies in the shadow of the resort’s famous Tower, and Elton was its inaugural act.

Rain poured for most of the day at the resort but relented as the concert began - but rhe stage and seating areas were buffeted with high winds shortly before Elton called time.

He told his fans: “I have been told there is some really bad weather on the way.

“The police say you need to leave right now in an orderly fashion.

“I’m sorry but I don’t want anyone to be hurt. I’ll make it up to you.”

The dramatic message was taken on board by the crowd, who filed away from their seats without much fuss - some were happy to buy programmes and T-shirts on their way out.

Earlier he played a rousing set of all his hits and opened appropriately with Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting).

The concert was the first in a series of summer events at the venue but conditions were breezy throughout on The Promenade.

“I can’t see anyone with a bikini on out there,” Elton told the crowd on his first return to Blackpool since 1977.

Other favourites played were Candle In The Wind, Rocket Man, Sacrifice and Sad Songs.

The weather though brought an unwelcome and early end to the night.

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