Free Wiggles tickets a big success

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 05:00 25/03/2011
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WIGGING OUT: Anne Rowlands with her free tickets for a Wiggles performance. She waited from 6am at CBS Arena for the tickets, which will go to her grandchildren and their parents.

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Thousands of people in show-deprived Christchurch have queued for hours to get free tickets to The Wiggles' shows.

The Australian quartet announced last week that 6000 tickets for their CBS Canterbury Arena shows on April 16 and 17 would be free. They would also give $5 from tickets already sold to the quake appeal.

The free tickets were available from 9am at the Addington box office yesterday.

Some families began queuing while it was still dark and all the tickets had been snapped up by lunchtime.

Somerfield mother Emily Brown queued from 5.45am to get tickets for her four children, but said the wait was worth it.

Her children, aged 5, 3, 2 and 1, found being at home – where they felt the quake – difficult and there were not many places they could visit.

"We want to make it so our children feel safe and happy and we can't promise those things any more," she said.

"It's nice to do something special and a bit normal.

"They can just enjoy being children instead of worrying about things."

Grandmother Anne Rowlands queued from 6am to secure six tickets for her family.

She said one man had been waiting since 5am.

"The children love to go to these things," Rowlands said.

The Wiggles shows gave Christchurch children something to look forward to, with many parks, libraries and theatres still closed, she said.

Tane Solomon queued from 6.30am to get tickets for his two children, aged 3 years and 18 months, and friends.

He said his children knew "all the dance moves and some of the songs".

"You play it [a Wiggles song] in the car and find yourself humming along. Every parent who plays it has that problem."

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