MUSIC-MAD Teresa Bayford claims to be Take That’s biggest fan, having splashed out an astonishing £10k following her favourite boyband.
Teresa, 38, first discovered Take That when she was 10-years-old and has since spent hundreds of pounds a year on merchandise and concert tickets.
The super fan, who has never met Gary, Robbie, Mark, Howard or Jason, said she has loved the boy band since they hit the charts in 1990.
The mum-of-two, from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, first saw her idols at Wembley Arena in 1993 for a charity concert in aid of Childline and has since seen them perform live 12 times.
She said: ‘I have never come close to meeting them but I would love to meet them — that is on my bucket list.
‘I have got every piece of merchandise that you can think of — dolls, posters, badges, key rings, t-shirts — everything. Over the years I’ve probably spent around £10,000 and that includes the tickets, travel costs, hotels and merchandise. The most expensive thing I’ve bought is probably a new LP — it was £35.’
The maternity support worker said her favourite item is a rare cine-film, which plays videos of the boys dancing to ‘Do What You Like’, ‘I Found Heaven’ and ‘Promises’.
The fan said she has no plans to sell her collection but has told her children that they can sell the merchandise if they ever need the money later in life.
When Take That announced their split in 1996, Ms Bayford said it was while she was taking her GCSEs — and she was so devastated she took a week off school.
She added: ‘I know it sounds silly but they have got me through difficult times — certain songs remind me of certain places and their songs have been like a pick-me-up.
When the band reformed after a 10-year hiatus, Teresa was 26-years-old and said she was ‘like a teenager again’.
Though she has not met the band, Teresa was one of 300 fans who attended a dinner in aid of a bereavement charity after Gary Barlow’s daughter Poppy was stillborn, something close to her heart as she works on a maternity ward at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in King’s Lynn.
Now Take That are back for good, Teresa said she is looking forward to seeing them perform in Norwich, Norfolk this summer.