Heavy police presence as Robbie Williams wows fans

Security has been tightened after recent terrorist attacks with bag searches, Metal detection and armed police at the venue
Security has been tightened after recent terrorist attacks with bag searches, Metal detection and armed police at the venue
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HE is known as one of the best entertainers in the pop world – and Robbie Williams did not disappoint fans in the Capital last night.

Tens of thousands of adoring concert-goers flocked to Murrayfield Stadium to see the former Take That star in action.

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wears a Robbie Williams mask to attend the concert at Murrayfield. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Katie crossford wears a Robbie Williams mask to attend the concert at Murrayfield. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Teasing them beforehand with a picture of himself backstage, he tweeted: “Are you ready Edinburgh? Let’s have it tonight.”

And they were more than ready, with thousands having queued outside the venue for hours beforehand, desperate for a good spot to watch the singer.

There was a heavy police presence as the music venue stepped up security over the course of the evening in light of recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

Armed police officers could be seen patrolling the venue’s perimeter, with concert-goers also having to hand over their bags to be searched before heading inside.

Robbie Williams concert, Murrayfield, Security has been tightened after recent terrorist attacks with bag searches, Metal detection and armed police at the venue

Robbie Williams concert, Murrayfield, Security has been tightened after recent terrorist attacks with bag searches, Metal detection and armed police at the venue

Williams, 43, is touring the UK for The Heavy Entertainment Show and his visit to the Capital saw him play to more than 50,000 fans.

Hits such as Let Me Entertain You could be heard as far afield as Liberton, with residents across the Capital taking to social media to say they could hear the concert in their neighbourhoods. The gig came just days after the star took to the stage of the One Love gig in Manchester, organised by singer Ariana Grande in memory of the 22 people killed in the city’s terrorist attack. There was an excited atmosphere in advance as fans arrived from all over the country to watch the singer, who holds a record 18 Brit Awards.

Heather Kerr, 51, was at the gig with her 19-year-old daughter Kirsty, after buying the tickets for a Christmas present. The pair travelled from Crook of Devon, in Perth and Kinross, with Mrs Kerr saying she was looking forward to some mother-daughter time. She said the extra security was reassuring, adding: “They were very good at sending things out about bags, [saying] that we’d be searched and that there would be a police presence.

“It’s exciting. Even on the tram coming across you could tell there was a buzz about it. It’s all been very positive.”

Picture; Ian Georgeson

Picture; Ian Georgeson

Friends Angela Hughes, Caroline Gaines, Hayley McCartney and Tricia Love came down from Airdrie, in North Lanarkshire, to see the showman in action.

Angela, 43, said she had seen Williams a few times before and welcomed the police presence, saying it was necessary in light of the recent terrorist attacks.

She said: “It’s reassuring – they have to take precautions, it makes us feel safer.”

Caroline, 34, said the attack in Manchester had made her think, but added: “You can’t not live your life – you can’t not carry on.” Williams is known both for his time in Take That – from 1990-195 and again from 2009-12 – as well as his solo career, the latter of which has seen him bag seven number one singles.

Visitors were told to arrive early yesterday, with a pre-show bar laid on outside from 3pm and doors opening from 5pm.

Pamela Jeffrey, 32, from Ballingry, in Fife, was at the concert with her sister Vicky, describing the atmosphere as “phenomenal”.

“He’s a good showman and how he sounds on a CD or the radio, he sounds like that live – that’s hard for a lot of them.”

Pamela also praised the police for their “cheerful” attitude and efforts to keep people safe.

She added: “Everybody is in high spirits, especially after the last couple of weeks.”