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Saturday, February 28, 1998 Published at 13:29 GMT


Ticket rush for Diana concert
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The concert is a "fitting tribute"

Tickets are almost sold out for a concert to celebrate the life of Diana Princess of Wales.

The 15,000 tickets for the event went on sale on Saturday morning. By the evening, fewer than 3,000 were left.

Sir Cliff Richard and Chris De Burgh will be among the stars performing at the show on June 27.

[ image: Sir Cliff Richard will headline the concert]
Sir Cliff Richard will headline the concert
Other performers taking part include Wet Wet Wet, Lesley Garrett, Julian Lloyd Webber, Jimmy Nail and the Chicken Shed Theatre Company.

The concert will take place in the Deer Park at Althorp, about a mile from the island in a lake where Diana is buried.

The show is expected to attract a capacity crowd, each paying £39.50 for a ticket.

Althorp officials have defended the price of the tickets saying they are fairly cheap given the line-up of performers.

"Music was Diana's passion," said Diana's brother, Earl Spencer. "A concert seems an entirely fitting way to celebrate her life."

[ image: Earl Spencer: Diana's life worth celebrating]
Earl Spencer: Diana's life worth celebrating
The Earl said the stars, from the worlds of classical music, opera and pop, were joining together to provide a unique evening of entertainment.

"It's important to remember that Diana's was a life worth celebrating, just as we all understand her death was worth mourning," he said.

Earl Spencer also said he hoped the event would raise a "significant sum" for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

A spokesman for IMG Arts and Entertainment, which is organising the event, said the concert would finish with a "magnificent" fireworks display. Concert-goers will not be allowed to visit Diana's grave.

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