IT looked like few people wanted to talk to Governor Chris Patten when tickets for his two meet-the-public question times next week went on offer yesterday. But a late rush saw all the 2,791 free tickets disappear by 3 pm. Some people arrived 90 minutes before the City Hall ticket office opened at 10 am expecting a repeat of last year when all the tickets to the post-policy speech forums were snapped up in 30 minutes. But only 25 stood in the queue when the tickets became available, with a similar number at another Urbtix outlet at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre yesterday. The first woman to be presented with her free tickets held them aloft and proclaimed: ''I'm concerned for Hong Kong's future.'' One outspoken elderly resident said he hoped the Governor would announce plans to lower the voting age from 21 to 18. ''I will ask him to lower the age because 18 is a grown up person. They are independent,'' he said. ''Nowadays many are well educated. Times have changed. If we lower the age of people voting it will give us more strength against the communists.'' Hong Kong engineering student Tracy Hong Yee, 21, said she wanted to ask the Governor what he planned to do about the education system. ''I don't think he is very good on education,'' she said. ''In tertiary education the number of places are increasing but there are still a lot of problems: the quality of students and the lack of teachers.'' One of the first to arrive, William Lo Yui-hui, 28, said he wanted to urge Mr Patten to co-operate with the Chinese Government over the future of the territory. Howard Marsh, 26, originally from London, was one of only two Europeans queueing for tickets. ''I personally wouldn't trust Mr Patten with a barge-pole,'' he said. ''I won't be asking questions but I want to see if he intends to fulfil his promises he made last year or whether it is all hot air.'' The question time sessions take place at Sha Tin Town Hall next Thursday and the following day at the Hong Kong Culture Centre.