Anna Leask

Anna Leask is a police reporter for the New Zealand Herald.

He's sixty-nine and still rocking on

Amid the screaming teenage girls at One Direction's Vector concert were three generations of one family.

Harry Rushworth was at the show with granddaughter Emma Schwass, 10, and daughter Yvonne Schwass. Photo / Greg Bowker
Harry Rushworth was at the show with granddaughter Emma Schwass, 10, and daughter Yvonne Schwass. Photo / Greg Bowker

Harry Rushworth loves One Direction. He knows their songs, he sings along. But unlike most of their fans, Harry Rushworth is a 69-year-old grandfather of six.

Last night he took his place among thousands of screaming teenage girls to see the boy band play at Auckland's Vector Arena.

And he made it a family affair, three generations in fact, taking his daughter Yvonne Schwass, 39, and her 10-year-old daughter Emma with him to the sold-out show.

"Emma is at the age where she is interested in this sort of band, and Yvonne just loves them the same as me," he said.

One Direction's Harry Styles. Photo / Richard Robinson
One Direction's Harry Styles. Photo / Richard Robinson

A family friend bought six tickets to the concert and because of illness, offered Mr Rushworth three of them.

"We were very lucky. They're a great group, they remind me a little bit of the Beatles, without playing the instruments. I like all of their songs. I'm an old fart, but I like modern music."

Mr Rushworth was looking forward to singing along and revealed he had a favourite band member.

Fans fight to get a view of the boy band outside the Langham Hotel yesterday. Photo / Richard Robinson
Fans fight to get a view of the boy band outside the Langham Hotel yesterday. Photo / Richard Robinson

"I can be very loud, I'll enjoy it, that's for sure," he said. "My favourite ... I daren't say Harry Styles, all the girls love him. It's got to be the young fellow from Bradford [Zayn Malik], because I'm from Bradford. But, they're all good."

Mrs Schwass and Emma travelled from Pukekawa and met Mr Rushworth for dinner in Parnell before going to Vector early to buy One Direction merchandise ahead of the show.

"Dad just loves to see his grandchildren happy and doing stuff that they really enjoy doing," Mrs Schwass said.

"He had a massive heart attack last year and that's given him quite a different perspective on life. He just tries to get out there and do as much as possible now."

She described her father, who turns 70 in January, as "quite youthful".

One Direction's Niall Horan. Photo / Richard Robinson
One Direction's Niall Horan. Photo / Richard Robinson

"For his age, he doesn't listen to the kind of music that you expect. He listens to ZM so he knows all the [One Direction] songs."

While in New Zealand, Mr Rushworth's favourite boy-bander added to his tattoo collection. Malik and bandmate Louis Tomlinson revealed that they got inked on Friday.

- additional reporting APNZ

- NZ Herald

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