Fans to miss One Direction in disabled tickets row

Amy Erskine was looking forward to seeing One Direction. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Amy Erskine was looking forward to seeing One Direction. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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the mother of a One Direction devotee said disabled fans have missed out on tickets for the band’s sell out concert at Murrayfield because of a mix-up over briefs for wheelchair users.

Amy Erskine, ten, who has spina bifida, was looking forward to seeing the boyband when they take to the stage at Murrayfield Stadium later this year.

But despite their best efforts, parents Michelle Wood, 39, and Stephen Erskine, 43, failed to secure the coveted tickets after both Murrayfield and Ticketmaster said they were unable to provide tickets for accessible areas.

After struggling to get a straight answer over the issue they have raised their concerns about other disabled fans missing out on the chance to see the popular boyband.

Amy, who is a wheelchair user, can walk short distances but struggles to negotiate stairs as a result of her condition.

Carer Michelle said she called Ticketmaster as soon as the tickets went on sale last year but was told to speak to staff at Murrayfield about disabled access. But after being told by stadium bosses that they did not deal with any tickets for the concert she found herself being sent back and forth between the two trying to get a straight answer.

“Amy’s really annoyed about this – she loves One Direction,” she said. “I was one of the first people through asking for disabled seats but I was told Ticketmaster weren’t dealing with them and I would have to speak to Murrayfield Stadium.

“But Murrayfield said it’s the ticket sellers that were dealing with disabled seating – we’ve been let down and passed from pillar to post.”

The gig will be the only Scottish date on the second leg of the group’s 2014 stadium tour, which will see Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zane Malik and Niall Horan play around the world.

More than 60,000 fans are expected to scream on the chart-topping band on June 3.

Meldrum Primary pupil Amy said: “I’m really disappointed I didn’t get tickets, I’d been looking forward to seeing them.”

Michelle added: “If they had said that the seats were all gone I wouldn’t have had a problem but it seems others have had trouble getting disabled tickets.

“I’ve spoken to the parents of quite a few kids who go to Yorkhill Hospital and they’re in the same situation.

“Yes we’ve been disappointed in the past because we couldn’t get tickets, but that’s not what happened here.

“As far as I’m aware, these seats are in limbo.”

A Murrayfield Stadium spokeswoman said the venue was not responsible and had never had an allocation of One Direction tickets.

Ticketmaster said accessible tickets had sold out by the end of May but declined to comment further.

One Direction shot to fame after finishing in third place on the X Factor in 2010. Since then, the group has amassed a combined wealth of more than £25 million, with their latest album Midnight Memories the fastest and biggest selling album of 2013 in the UK.

dawn.morrison@edinburghnews.com