For various reasons which I'll detail later, I waited for four and a half hours to watch Rachel perform.
Was it worth it?
Put it this way, four and a half years would still have been fine with me.
Rachel's performance was unspeakably unspeakably good.
On a stage that was quite literally the back of a lorry, Rachel treated an ecstatic crowd to a medley which included 'Cabaret', 'All That Jazz', 'Maybe This Time' and 'Don't Rain On My Parade.'
I was literally six feet from the side of the stage and I reckon I had a cheshire-cat grin in place throughout the entire performance.
This girl is an absolute mega-star and none of us may ever again have the chance to see her in such an intimate setting. I'm so glad I was there.
I'm sure there are better photos in existence than mine, but they ARE mine and now they're yours too. I feel so privledged to have been there tonight, and not just for the performance.
Afterwards I got to meet Rachel backstage. OK so it was more like a large store room and the two blokes from Strike were skulking in the corner and several others were there too, but did I care? Did I actually notice them? You can work out the answer to both those questions yourself.
What I can say is that Rachel is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet.