Never a dull moment when Rod’s in Falkirk

Rod Stewart in concert at Falkirk Stadium''Picture: Michael Gillen
Rod Stewart in concert at Falkirk Stadium''Picture: Michael Gillen

He may have been the one with the microphone, but Falkirk businesses were singing the praises of Rod Stewart.

Saturday’s concert by the veteran rocker brought a massive boost to the local economy with restaurants, pubs, hotels, shops and attractions all reporting a big increase in trade.

Other towns which hosted his five gig 2014 tour, estimated the benefits could be as much as £2 million.

With 18,000 people at the sell-out concert at Falkirk Stadium, the spin off was huge for the area.

Every hotel was filled and the nearest accommodation one wedding party could find for guests was in Bathgate.

And it wasn’t only the pubs and eating places which had the big increase in trade both before and after the concert, but visitor attractions, including the Helix, were very busy over the weekend.

Andy Thomson, director of organisers Falkirk FC (Events) was delighted by the success of the concert, the third year the football club has been involved in bringing music acts to the stadium.

He said: “It was an amazing success. People came to have a great time and that’s what they did.

“Rod Stewart’s set was jaw droppingly professional and slick. The problem we now have for next year is to follow that.”

A spokesperson for Falkirk Council said: “Clearly bringing 18,000 visitors into the area will generate great economic benefits through spending in local hotels, restaurants and shops. We’d also hope some visitors would take the time to explore the area and make a return visit at a future date.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “The concert was a complete success and was held without any problems or issues.”

A 41-year-old woman from Blackburn, West Lothian, was treated by first aiders and paramedics after falling down 10 steps in the stand. She was taken to Forth Valley Royal and treated for two broken fingers, a broken wrist and minor cuts. The woman was kept in overnight for observation and released the following day. Police Scotland said one person was arrested at the stadium and one other was given a fixed penalty notice for urinating in the street.