Mum-of-three Mandy Sykes, pictured, has spent countless hours singing along to albums by her rock idol Bryan Adams to help her get through mundane household tasks like washing and cleaning.

But she never imagined that she would one day perform a duet with the 'Groover from Vancouver' in front of 20,000 screaming fans.

For the barmaid was plucked from the crowd for five unforgettable minutes of fame and adoration when she went to see the Canadian star live at the Sheffield Arena with her husband Darren.

Still starstruck, Mandy, 32, said she was absolutely amazed to be picked out to go on stage.

"Bryan asked the crowd who wanted to sing with him," she said. "Obviously we all went crazy down at the front waving our arms around.

"But I'm small and after a while just crossed my arms and gave up. But he noticed me because of it and asked me on stage and I just thought 'Oh God!'.

"On my way up on stage my legs just went to jelly. But Bryan asked me where I was from and what I did and that really helped me. But I still couldn't remember most of the words I was singing because I was just so excited!"

Mandy, of Glendale Close, Wibsey, said that the 42-year-old rock star helped to calm her nerves as they sang the duet of Baby When You're Gone, recorded by the star with Spice Girl Mel C in 1998.

"He held my hand and cuddled me and my friends said I did really well. It was just the most fantastic experience of my life.

"But even I am the first to admit that my singing isn't the best and that is one of the first times I have performed in front of a crowd - and what a crowd!"

Mandy, who works at The Old Bank pub in Market Street, Bradford, has been a Bryan Adams fan for years and rates the star's number one album Waking Up The Neighbours as her favourite.

"As I walked out of the arena, a number of people stopped me and said that I did really well on stage. I felt brilliant," she said.

"Some people recognised me from the pub as well so I really felt like a celebrity.

"My whole body was shaking and I am still as high as a kite now.

"Unfortunately I was so excited that I never got Bryan's autograph but this night will always be in my memory."

A spokesman for Bryan Adams's record company, Mercury Records, said: "Bryan has picked a lady fan out of the audience at every gig he has performed at so far on his latest tour. It is one of the highlights of the show."