10.20.2007 - Police take Welsh fans' breath away...
Music fans all over the world swarmed from far and wide to Cardiff last night to see The Police play.
The band put on a brilliant performance in front of a sell out crowd at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
There were fears the gig might be cancelled after Sting's sore throat saw them pull out of previous legs of the band's European tour.
But that didn't stop Police-mad fans turning out in their droves from across the British Isles.
David Mort, 43, an air traffic controller, was so desperate to see his favourite band he flew in from Scotland.
He said: "The last time I saw them was 25 years ago. I suppose they've changed a bit since then but they are a top, top band. I didn't want the hassle of driving down so I flew instead. I wasn't going to miss this gig."
John Parry, 53, a project manager of Caerphilly, said: "It was the first gig I've ever been to at the Millennium Stadium so it was be funny to see it without grass!"
"I was most looking forward to hearing 'Every Breath You Take'."
And for some fans it was a chance to meet up with other fans they'd chatted to on the internet.
Users of fans website www.policetour.com met up at The Yard, on St Mary Street, Cardiff, for a get-together ahead of the main event.
Paula Tennant, 40, has been a fan of the Police since she was 11 years old and said she was enjoying meeting other Police-crazy fans.
She said: "People came here from all over the world to share their passion together. It's been amazing!"
Andy Finch, 39, from London, said he couldn't explain why he loved the band so much. He said: "For me, I guess The Police are my generation's equivalent of The Beatles. They are simply the biggest band in the world."
© South Wales Echo by Matthew Aplin