EIGHTIES music icon Morrissey opened a packed gig in the town hall on Tuesday night with the words, “We meet in Hawick”.
Fans from all over the UK, Europe, and even America and Australia, had queued on the high street for hours ahead of the former Smiths frontman’s gig as part of a UK tour – some taking their places with folding chairs and blankets, others having come straight from the previous show in Dunfermline.
Having waited since 7.30am, 34-year old Maren from Germany told the Hawick News: “This is my first Morrissey concert. I love him so much because I believe he is the only one like me.”
Chayane from Los Angeles added: “We arrived at 8.30 this morning and have been to all of the Scottish dates on this tour. We’ve queued all day to get as close to the front as possible.”
The Cross Wynd had been closed all day to allow two large lorries to unload equipment and security staff stood in the car park, whilst inside, the main hall was transformed for the star by men on harnesses attaching a huge lighting rig to the ceiling and others setting up a drumkit and video backdrop, whilst a dressingroom was filled with vegetarian-friendly food.
By the time the doors opened at 7pm, a long queue had developed outside the building. After buying souvenir t-shirts and posters they watched support band Brother who warmed up the crowd, before it was time for Morrissey to make his entrance. And with the Town Hall said to be the smallest venue on the 51-year old’s tour, the former Smiths frontman wowed his dedicated fans with hits from his time in the band, alongside his solo career.
One fan said on the official Morrissey website chatroom afterwards: “Absolutely class from start to finish. I think Morrissey enjoyed himself too. And to top it all off me and my Dad got his drumstick after the gig.”
Another commented: “Travelled to Hawick from Newcastle and was well worth the trip. A night I will remember for the rest of my life.
“Have seen Morrissey three times and this had to be the best one.”