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Taylor Swift impresses fans with Welsh greeting

American singer Taylor Swift impressed her fans in Cardiff on Tuesday by opening her concert in Welsh.

She greeted the audience with “Croeso i Daith Eras” (“Welcome to the Eras Tour”).

One of her backing vocalists also used the Welsh term “Ych a fi” – used to describe something disgusting – when the star passed the mic over as part of their performance.

The Principality Stadium is known as the home of Welsh rugby, but the venue was transformed to host the 34-year-old’s concert on Tuesday.

There were road closures in place in Cardiff city centre for much of the day, and commuters were warned of potential travel disruption.

Her fans – known as Swifties – travelled far and wide to get a glimpse of their idol.

Many arrived in the Welsh capital the day before the gig, with merchandise already on sale.

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Sky News spoke to one fan who had travelled all the way from Oregon in the US for the concert.

Amanda Huss said she was “stoked” for the concert and had decided to “make a vacation” out of her trip to Cardiff.


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Orla Condron, from Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, hadn’t travelled quite as far but said it was “nice” to see other fans and felt part of “a little community”.

One fan said she “cried” when her friend managed to get them tickets.

“15 years, we’ve been waiting for this. A long time,” said Roxanne Cram, from Exeter in Devon.

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Fans set off earthquake monitors earlier this month when Swift visited Edinburgh.

The first UK leg of the Eras Tour will end with three performances in London’s Wembley Arena this weekend, before a further five in August.

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