Take That superfan reveals she’s kept band birthday cake for 24 years
29th December 2018

We all know that Take That fans are among the most loyal of followers.

Many have kept hundreds of ticket stubs from the concerts they have been to, while others have collected a range of CDs, vinyl and cassettes to cereal packets, sunglasses and dolls.

When the group announced they were splitting in 1996 the reaction was so severe that the Samaritans set up a helpline to counsel distraught fans.

In a new documentary Take That: We’ve Come a Long Way – which aired on BBC1 last night – fans recorded and shared with the band their favourite Take That memories which were watched by the boys themselves.

One fan revealed a bizarre bit of memorabilia that she has kept for 24 years.

Teacher Julia told the group: "For my 15th birthday I got a Take That cake. I said to my mum she wasn’t allowed to cut it because it had their faces on and I didn’t want to ruin their faces. 24 years later here is the cake."

Julia then showed to the camera the cake which was still in its original packaging.

Her admission sparked a load of tweets on social media with Gemma Askham saying: "I think I got a Take That cake for my 15th birthday but there’s no way I wasn’t eating it #TakeThat."

Another fan, Leean, 37, admitted she pretended to be Mark Owen’s wife, confessing: "I had Mrs Mark Owen business cards made that I used to carry everywhere with me and give to everybody. It was the Pray video. I blame the tight pants and not much clothes."

The band also caught up with superfan Nancy Holloway who was interviewed at the age of 15.

In footage of an interview at the time Nancy said: "I passed out outside Crystal Palace. I had waited the whole day and then I was standing upfront and Howard took his T-shirt off and I just went all funny and I collapsed."

Then Nancy appeared in a new video telling the band: "Hi boys, Nancy from London, aged 41 and probably still to this day if you took your top off Howard I’d probably still go lummy and I would still get crushed for you."

In the documentary Robbie Williams also revealed the excruciating moment when he was almost knocked out cold while celebrating Howard Donald’s 26th birthday.

Robbie suffered a terrible head injury and still has a large scar on his head after the party got too wild – and he was thrown into the shallow end of a swimming pool.

He was stitched up at hospital but then returned to carry on partying with the band.

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