Pop princess Beyonce Knowles was on the brink of cancelling her first ever solo gig in Britain last night (03NOV03) after a stage manager suffered a horrific fall.

The 30,000 eager fans crammed into Manchester's MEN ARENA were almost let down when, seconds before the Destiny's Child beauty was due to appear, a stage manager fell 15 metres (50 feet) from a lighting rig. He then had to wait an hour before paramedics could move him from the stage.

When Beyonce, 22, finally took to the stage, she explained the delay, asked fans to pray for the injured man and even dedicated a song from her set to him.

04/11/2003 14:00