Stone Roses fans hot-footed it to Halifax after the cult band announced a surprise gig.

The Manchester music scene icons told fans they would play the Victoria Theatre and tickets were only available in person.

Within minutes of the official announcement, Roses fans were rushing to get in the queue for the highly coveted tickets.

Just an hour after the band’s message was put on Facebook a queue snaked half-way around the block of buildings where the theatre is located.

By the time the first of the 1,500 tickets were sold, the line of fans almost lapped the entire block, to the amazement of the Saturday shoppers.

First in the queue was Adam Wilson, 34, and his daughter Molly.

Adam said he’d had a tip off the night before and had come down at 7am.

“I was starting to question whether the rumour was true,” he said. “But then a couple of other people turned up.

“There were no barriers up at that time but the stage trucks were there and there was nothing on at the theatre so I thought that was a clue.

Stone Roses fans queue for tickets at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax - first in the queue Molly Wilson and her dad Adam.

“I’ve seen them twice before but playing in my hometown is something special.”

As the message got out, fans could be seen running from all over the town centre to try and get a place in the queue.

Some of the final few to get hold of tickets for Tuesday night’s intimate gig queued for almost four hours.

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The last to get served was Scarlett Townson from Bradford, who proved a bit of dedication was worth it.

She arrived late, but after queuing all the way round the building successfully snatched the final few seats.

Unfortunately she also got a parking fine.

After Tuesday’s gig, the Stone Roses are playing a second small gig in Carlisle before four huge performances at Manchester’s Etihed Arena on June 15 and 17,18 and 19.