The stage is set for Runrig’s final concerts as Stirling Council Provost Christine Simpson welcomed the impact of 45,000 music fans coming into the city for this weekend’s massive event.
The Celtic rockers' ‘The Last Dance’ gigs on Friday and Saturday have given the Stirling economy an estimated £7.25milion boost – with many local hotels reporting they are full booked.
Runrig will go out with a bang with a spectacular seven-minute firework display lighting up the sky just before 11pm on the Saturday night to celebrate the band’s last ever performance.
Provost Christine Simpson said: “This is an absolutely wonderful event for Stirling and it will really help put the city on the map for hosting major events in future.
“It is pleasing to hear that so many of our hotels, restaurants, shops and local businesses are doing a roaring trade off the back of this prestigious event attracting 45,000 visitors to Stirling.
“It is anticipated that Runrig’s farewell concerts will generate a £7.25million boost to the local economy, which is always welcome.
“The other great thing is that eight per cent of those who bought tickets have travelled from outwith the UK so they will be spreading a positive message about Stirling far and wide and encouraging many more tourists to visit our beautiful city.”
Event organisers LCC Live appointed specialist events firm RSS Events to work with Stirling Council traffic management officers to minimise the event’s impact on road networks and local communities, while ensuring a safe route into the site for Runrig fans.
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Deputy First Minister John Swinney was at the City Parks site on Thursday to see the stage being erected in the shadow of Stirling Castle and hailed the Celtic rockers’ contribution to Scottish music.
Senior Scottish Government politician Mr Swinney – who says his favourite track is Hearts of Olden Glory – said: ““I say the warmest of thankyous on behalf of the Scottish Government to Runrig for 45 years of extraordinary contribution to the life, the wellbeing, and the heart of our country.
“Runrig took traditional Scottish music and modernised it to share it with the world in an exciting and dynamic way, in a way that Scottish traditional music had never previously been done.
“When my family and I take our annual pilgrimage to the Tiree music festival, we see the impact of Runrig have had.”
He added: “I can’t think of a more spectacular and fitting setting to say goodbye than the City Park venue by Stirling Castle
“I’m sure this event will be an extraordinary weekend and bring a lot of joy and celebration here to Stirling.
“And I compliment Stirling Council for recognising the tremendous opportunity of hosting this event here in the footsteps of Stirling Castle.
“It is a tremendous platform for the music lovers of Runrig to celebrate this landmark event but also the extraordinary contribution Runrig has made to the life of our country.”
Pic: Provost Christine Simpson with Runrig band members Calum Macdonald, Bruce Guthro and Rory Macdonald