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Hordes of tartan-clad Bay City Rollers fans turned out in Edinburgh yesterday to help unveil a new plaque celebrating the Seventies sensations – 45 years after their first No.1 hit.
The tribute was unveiled at the city’s Ryrie’s Bar, close the childhood home in Dalry of band founders Alan and Derek Longmuir.
And those diehard fans in attendance where delighted to catch a glimpse of both Alan and his lesser-seen brother Derek.
Lord Provost, Councillor Donald Wilson said: “This occasion gives me a sense of deja vu and brings back fond memories of that time so it’s local not just to Edinburgh but this is local to my area of the city, which is why I was determined to be here today.”
The plaque is the brainchild of Rollers’ superfans Graeme Whitehead, Gillian Watkins and Elaine Stewart.
The Edinburgh pop legends became one of the most successful groups of all time after they burst upon the scene in the early Seventies, selling an estimated 70 million records.
The reformed band – featuring Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir and Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood – triggered a new wave of Rollermania last year when they announced a string of comeback gigs before releasing a brand new album and going on to be honoured with a Living Legends award at Scotland’s music industry Oscars.
Music industry insiders reckon a reformed Bay City Rollers comprising the classic line-up of McKeown, “Woody”, Eric Faulkner and brothers Alan and Derek would easily rake in £2million each – but for now, the band are continuing to tour as a three-piece.
The Rollers will play the SSE Hydro, Glasgow on Sunday, 11 December. Tickets are on sale now.
Bay City Rollers’ other UK dates:
- O2 Ritz, Manchester 10 December 2016
- Tramshed Cardiff 12 December 2016
- Eventim Apollo, London 14 December 2016
- Wolverhampton Civic Hall 15 December 2016
- Empress Ballroom Blackpool 16 December 2016
- O2 Academy Newcastle 17 December
Click HERE to read our exclusive interview with the Bay City Rollers.