IT was meant to be a 50th birthday celebration to remember.
But Wendy McIlroy and her pals are remembering Peter Andre’s concert for all the wrong reasons.
Mrs McIlroy, who is a huge fan of the hunky singer, paid £99 for a ticket in the VIP area, which she thought would mean a close-up view of him performing at Fontwell Park, near Chichester.
Instead, she says she got a view of a white beer tent and could barely see the singer performing his hits, such as Perfect Night and Mysterious Girl.
Her group was also unhappy as they said they were told they would be able to meet Peter Andre – but this never happened.
The mum-of-two, along with some other fans who have posted on Facebook, was also angry that there was no Peter Andre merchandise stall.
Instead, fans said there was a stall selling foil wigs.
Mrs McIlroy, of Ensign Drive, Rowner, Gosport, said: ‘I cannot fault the dinner we had – it was lovely. But it went downhill from there.
‘You could only see Peter Andre through a gap in the beer tent. I haven’t got any photographs of him because I couldn’t see him.
‘I could hear him, but not see him. I am a hardened Peter Andre fan and it was not acceptable.’
She said people in the VIP area were asking if they could shake hands with Peter, but got angry as it became obvious they would not get to meet their idol.
She added: ‘Lots of people started shouting.’
Claire Paris, 34, from Gosport, also paid £99 to be in the VIP area and said revellers were climbing over a picket fence and using the VIP toilets.
In the end, she walked back to the main arena and joined her mother-in-law Chris Paris, who paid just £30 and got a good view of the stage.
She said: ‘We paid £100 to be right near the front. If I had paid £30 I would have been happy.’
But organisers at Fontwell said they could not understand some of the complaints.
Phil Bell, general manager, said: ‘When we booked him his management said he would not do meet and greet.
‘That’s what we told everyone. We were categorical about that because we knew when it said VIP that some people might assume that would include a meet and greet.
‘Everyone was told that on booking.’
He said the white tent was a bar area which could be used exclusively by VIP guests.
He added: ‘I was in the VIP area and I could see him clearly. You just had to move round. It’s a bit like being at a football match. There were several people shorter than me and they could see.’
He said 3,500 people attended the concert and the vast majority had a great time.
Mr Bell added: ‘We have had a couple of complaints about the VIP area which we are dealing with.’
A spokeswoman for Peter Andre’s management team said: ‘We apologise there was no merchandise at Fontwell. There will be merchandise at other venues. If anyone wants to buy merchandise they can buy it from Peter’s official website.’