James Rose helps to make poverty history (originally published and written for DisabilityNow)

Although the atmosphere was buzzing and staff were very helpful when I arrived, people queuing for the wheelchair platform were unhappy and anxious after hearing about the limited number of spaces.

Some, like me, were lucky to have received the “special access” orange wristbands with their tickets; some did not and had to go lower down in front of the platform. By 6pm, a lot of them had left because they could not see anything.

The wheelchair platform was tucked into the side of the grounds and should have been closer to the stage. Also, a shortage of chairs meant people who could stand either had to sit down on the wet wooden boards or block views of people behind them. Luckily, again, I was in the front row.

As the music was about to begin, I was excited and my stomach churned; my personal assistant (PA) could not help but smile.

They first showed a video montage of Live Aid, with performances from U2, George Michael and Queen. When a clip of Freddie Mercury came on, the crowd cheered and the hairs on the back of my neck rose up. It was a pity that Queen did not perform at Live8 as was rumoured.

But I was not disappointed with the first act – Paul McCartney and U2 singing Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. But it was Robbie Williams who was my favourite act, as he was one of the few stars truly able to command the crowd – fantastic showmanship.

The concert ended two hours late, which was a shame because the good acts came on near the end and many people, including me, had to leave to catch trains back home.

It is good we left when we did as my PA had to push me for two miles to catch a cab as the police had closed roads around Hyde Park.

All in all, it was a fantastic day out. There could have been more wheelchair accessible seating, and in different areas of the grounds, but I had a brilliant time.

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