ONE Direction fans were left in tears this week when they waited six hours in the snow to meet the band who were rehearsing in the district, only to be snubbed.
The boys who came third on the X-Factor in 2010, were rehearsing for a forthcoming tour at Litestructures in South Kirkby.
Around 50 children, some as young as six, waited out in the cold and snow straight from school on Wednesday, in the hope of catching a glimpse of their favourite boy band.
But angry parents say they did not even get a wave from Harry, Zayn, Niall, Louis or Liam after they were bundled into the car by security staff at the rehearsal venue.
Diane Connell, 35, of Hall Park Avenue, Crofton went along with her very excited daughter Chloe, 12, and 10-year-old niece Courtney Tallett.
She said: “The security guards kept updating us with the time they would be coming but, and the kids were really excited. It was absolutely freezing and had been snowing, but the children really wanted to wait.
“It was about 9.45pm when they eventually emerged and they just got straight into the cars. I’m not sure if they didn’t want to hang around, or if security wouldn’t let them, but they could have at least waved or even come to the window before they came out.
“There were kids in tears. For us it was the only chance the girls were going to get to see them because we can’t get tickets for their tour because they are sold out.”
Word had spread about the boys being in the area via social networking sites, and earlier in the week, when the crowd was smaller, the band is understood to have sung a few of their hits and spent time having pictures taken with fans and signing autographs.
Last month the band, whose hits include What Makes You Beautiful and Live While We’re Young, were named International group of the Year at the NRJ music Awards in France and last year they made music history when they became the first UK pop group to debut at number one on the US album chart.
The Express tried to contact the group’s management but no one was available to comment.