One Direction mania in Wagga

Danielle Wheeler, 12, in her new One Direction jacket poses next to an image on Niall Horan after the official merchandise truck visited the city today. Picture: Addison Hamilton
Danielle Wheeler, 12, in her new One Direction jacket poses next to an image on Niall Horan after the official merchandise truck visited the city today. Picture: Addison Hamilton
Emma and Courtney Jacobsen show off their new One Direction purchases. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Emma and Courtney Jacobsen show off their new One Direction purchases. Picture: Addison Hamilton

 Hope Gray, 10 and Sophie Merrylees, 10 show off their new One Direction merchandise. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Hope Gray, 10 and Sophie Merrylees, 10 show off their new One Direction merchandise. Picture: Addison Hamilton

 Chloe Chapman, 14 and Chloe Hilton,10 with their new One Direction merchandise. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Chloe Chapman, 14 and Chloe Hilton,10 with their new One Direction merchandise. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Madison Crawford, 8, with her new merchandise from the travelling One Direction merchandise truck. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Madison Crawford, 8, with her new merchandise from the travelling One Direction merchandise truck. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Some of the One Direction merchandise that was available in Wagga today. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Some of the One Direction merchandise that was available in Wagga today. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Jessie Foster, 11 with a cardboard cut-out of Liam Payne. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Jessie Foster, 11 with a cardboard cut-out of Liam Payne. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Jessie Foster, 11 with a cardboard cut-out of Liam Payne. Picture: Addison Hamilton

Jessie Foster, 11 with a cardboard cut-out of Liam Payne. Picture: Addison Hamilton

ONE Direction fans had one aim in mind yesterday – beating a path to the 1D World truck parked on Edward Street.

The British-Irish boy band’s official merchandise store set up shop at the McDonald’s car park from 9am to 5pm as part of its 3000km east coast road trip.

Danielle Wheeler, 12, was one of about 20 girls lined up to buy fan material and her mum Lesley said her daughter was looking forward to seeing the group in September.

“They’re going to the concert in Melbourne,” she said.

“They got tickets for Christmas.”

The young “Directioner” queued from about 8.30am to purchase products featuring Harry (Styles) and bought a T-shirt emblazoned with “Future Mrs Styles” on the front, a jacket, a wristband and nails featuring a headshot of Harry on each one.

Courtney Jacobsen, 13, bought a stocking featuring Niall and said she was a devotee of two band members.

“Niall and Harry”, she said.

“I like Niall’s braces and Harry because he dumped Taylor Swift.”

Unusual items for sale included life-size cutouts of the band members and “little boys (band members) in tubes.”

Emma Jacobsen, 12, bought a collector’s box and is an admirer of Niall (Horan).

“Because he’s Irish,” she said. 

The purpose-built truck began its journey on December 15 in Cairns.

Merchandiser Brittani Doherty said she had enjoyed the experience of the journey.

“I’ve been on the truck since the 9th of December. It’s been fun.”