The Darkness front man Justin Hawkins proves light work for door supervisor Darryl at UEA gig

Justin Hawkins of The Darkness on the shoulders of Darryl Hopkins at a gig at the UEA. Photo: Douglas Frost @doug_frost Justin Hawkins of The Darkness on the shoulders of Darryl Hopkins at a gig at the UEA. Photo: Douglas Frost @doug_frost

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
3:51 PM

A door supervisor’s burden can be a heavy one, but last night Darryl Hopkins had more weight on his shoulders than usual when he was given a special assignment at The Darkness’s gig at the UEA last night.

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Justin Hawkins fronts The Darkness at their gig at the UEA. Picture: Denise BradleyJustin Hawkins fronts The Darkness at their gig at the UEA. Picture: Denise Bradley

Mr Hopkins was asked to carry Justin Hawkins, lead singer of Lowestoft’s favourite world-conquering rock band, around the crowd.

Mr Hopkins, who is also a senior page designer for Archant, said: “I have been working at the UEA LCR for seven or eight years and have seen loads of bands there, including The Darkness twice.

“I arrived for my shift and my head doorman said he had a special job for me. This can mean anything from personal security to watching the tour bus so when I was told I would be carrying the lead singer around the crowd it was a surprising turn for my night.

“The crowd reacted really well to the band and there was some good banter with them, even getting a heckler on stage to sing with them, that’s the kind of fun bands have at homecoming gigs and The Darkness were no different.

“At the third-to-last song Justin’s security man came over and gave me the nod and Justin jumped onto my shoulders from the stage, we walked around the crowd as he played the song on his guitar and fans tapped him on the shoulders and took photos.

“Plenty of the other doormen ribbed my beforehand saying I’d better not drop him, happily I didn’t.

“He got back on the stage at the end of the song, shook my hand and carried on the set.”

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