Meet the Metro driver who re-united a panic stricken Spice Girls fan with her missing concert ticket during the dramatic first episode of ITV’s Metro documentary series.
Sean Docherty was on duty on the night of the sell-out gig at the Stadium of Light last June when he was called into action.
The concert featured heavily in episode one of the ITV series – The Metro: A Rail Life Story – as thousands of fans were filmed getting to and from the venue on one of the busiest nights of the year for Metro.
Sean, 48, of Kingston Park in Newcastle, was just starting a late shift when he was handed the missing tickets and asked to take them with him on his train down to Sunderland.
He said: “It all happened really fast. I was handed an envelope with the concert ticket inside and told it would be collected from when I arrived at Stadium of Light Metro station.
“It was such a busy night. The trains were extremely busy. I didn’t give it much more thought until I arrived at the station and Rebecca was there with her friend to collect the ticket - and the ITV film crew with her. She was very relieved to get the ticket back safely.
“I didn’t think any of the footage would be used, but a few months later I was contacted for permission to broadcast some shots of me handing over the ticket. I was happy to be involved.”
Sean, who has only worked as a Metro driver for a year following a 19 year career at the Nissan car plant in Sunderland, has been inundated with calls and messages since appearing on national TV.
He said: “I was at the Newcastle match when my phone started going crazy. I had messages from friends, family, and people I’d not heard from in ages. It was amazing how many people saw me on TV.
“The first thing I did was phone home from the match to check with my wife to see how it had all come across on the television – and I watched the programme as soon as I got home that night.”
Sean’s two children – Faye, 12, and ten year-old Ben - were both pleased they have got see their dad on the TV.
“They thought it was great fun,” said Sean. “They were getting lots of messages off their friend too. Ben was at the match with me when the show was on and he laughing about the fact I’d been on. Even the head teacher at his school said they has seen on programme.”
The Metro: A Rail Life Story is a four-part series which gives a unique insight into day to day operations on the Metro system as it gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-ck0vxHvA
The first episode attracted an impressive 2.6 million viewers, more than the hugely popular reality show TV show Love Island.