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One Direction's Harry Styles tells fans 'Please don't forget us' as they play final concert before their one year 'break'

Published 01/11/2015 | 10:05

File photo dated 06/06/15 of (left-right) Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction, as their creator Simon Cowell has paid tribute to the band, telling them to enjoy their break, following an emotional final gig before their year-long hiatus. Yui Mok/PA Wire
File photo dated 06/06/15 of (left-right) Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction, as their creator Simon Cowell has paid tribute to the band, telling them to enjoy their break, following an emotional final gig before their year-long hiatus. Yui Mok/PA Wire
File photo dated 06/06/15 of One Direction performing live at the Capital FM Summertime Ball 2015 held at Wembley Stadium in London, as the band will play their final gig on Saturday at Sheffield Arena, before they go on a hiatus. Hannah McKay/PA Wire
One Direction fans queue outside the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, ahead of the conclusion of the band's On The Road Again Tour in Sheffield tonight. Rui Vieira/PA Wire

One Direction star Harry Styles pleaded with fans not to forget the band as they played their final court before taking a self-imposed "break".

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Harry along with bandmates Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson took to the stage in Sheffield last night for their final concert.

File photo dated 06/11/10 of One Direction (left to right) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Niall Horan arriving for X Factor rehearsals at Fountain Studios in London, as the band will play their final gig on Saturday at Sheffield Arena, before they go on a hiatus. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
File photo dated 06/11/10 of One Direction (left to right) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Niall Horan arriving for X Factor rehearsals at Fountain Studios in London, as the band will play their final gig on Saturday at Sheffield Arena, before they go on a hiatus. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The foursome are expected to go in different directions today for their self-imposed "break".

Last night, the band told screaming fans that this was not the end, with Styles imploring fans not to forget them.

After their concert, their creator Simon Cowell paid tribute to the band, telling them to enjoy their break.

The four took their last bow at Sheffield Arena, with Mullingar man Niall Horan promising: "We will be back."

Their On The Road Again tour ended with hugs, speeches and assurances that the break is not permanent.

Cowell, whose X Factor talent show saw Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Horan brought together as a band at the boot camp stage in 2010, said their success had been "incredible".

One Direction fans outside the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, ahead of the conclusion of the band's On The Road Again Tour in Sheffield tonight. Rui Vieira/PA Wire
One Direction fans outside the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, ahead of the conclusion of the band's On The Road Again Tour in Sheffield tonight. Rui Vieira/PA Wire
One Direction fans outside the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, ahead of the conclusion of the band's On The Road Again Tour in Sheffield tonight. Rui Vieira/PA Wire
One Direction fans outside the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, ahead of the conclusion of the band's On The Road Again Tour in Sheffield tonight. Rui Vieira/PA Wire
One Direction fans writing placards outside the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, ahead of the conclusion of the band's On The Road Again Tour in Sheffield tonight. Rui Vieira/PA Wire
One Direction fans outside the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, ahead of the conclusion of the band's On The Road Again Tour in Sheffield tonight. Rui Vieira/PA Wire
One Direction fans from Spain outside the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, ahead of the conclusion of the band's On The Road Again Tour in Sheffield tonight. Rui Vieira/PA Wire
One Direction fans writing placards outside the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, ahead of the conclusion of the band's On The Road Again Tour in Sheffield tonight. Rui Vieira/PA Wire
File photo dated 18/11/11 of One Direction perform during the BBC Children In Need Appeal 2011, at the BBC Television Centre in London, as the band will play their final gig on Saturday at Sheffield Arena, before they go on a hiatus. Ian West/PA Wire
One Direction memorabilia for sale outside the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, ahead of the conclusion of the band's On The Road Again Tour in Sheffield tonight. Rui Vieira/PA Wire

He tweeted: "Five incredible years. And it was all down to you and the fans. Enjoy the break boys. You deserve it."

Addressing fans at the Sheffield show Horan said: "I can tell you this, we will be back.

"Touring is the best part of what we do, that's why tonight is so emotional."

Band member Payne said: "This is the end of the On The Road Again Tour, not the end of One Direction."

Father-to-be Louis Tomlinson ordered: "Don't cry, Liam. Save some for the other tours."

"Please don't forget us," Harry Styles begged their screaming followers. "We will always be here for you, you guys are the most incredible fans."

Horan said: "I've had a great time, boys. I love you very much and thank you."

Malik left the band in March.

There were tears from thousands of Directioners, as their fans are known, inside Sheffield Arena and across social media.

On Twitter, fans posted about the gig and the imminent split.

"I'm dying!" said one user. "I'm sobbing!" said another. "Still crying!" was also a typical reaction.

The boys will still be around as 2015 ends, with fifth studio album Made In The AM released globally on November 13.

They will also make a promotional appearance on Good Morning America on November 17.

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