Rod Stewart Fan Club 20th anniversary celebrations go ahead despite freezing conditions - with pictures and video

By Luke Bartlett | Music | Published:

They sailed their way through the last of 'The Beast from the East' in a bid to mark the 20th anniversary of their fan club.

Rod Stewart fans join on stage Garry Pease, as he performs at the Park Inn, Walsall..

Members of the Rod Stewart Fan Club persevered through snow and the ice to make it to the weekend event at The Park Inn, Walsall.

And despite a last minute venue change organisers say it went down 'an absolute treat' – with Walsall-based Rod Stewart tribute act Garry Pease wowing the hundreds that showed up.

Rod Stewart tribute act

Organiser Dave Reddy, 34, said: "Friday night because of the weather we had to change the venue at the eleventh hour – we moved from The Bonser Suite in Walsall to The Park Inn.

"It kind of made for a better atmosphere even though we lost a few numbers we still had 200 on the Friday, around 200 on the Saturday and 120 on the Sunday.

"On Friday we had local band Gypsy Blood who played old stuff such as Faces songs and then on Saturday we had a band called Cregan and Co.

"That is Rod's former musical director Jim Cregan's band and it went down an absolute treat – they played all the hits. We also had Garry Pease who entertained a number of the fans there.

The event came in aid of The Tick Tock Club which aims to raise £10 million for equipment at Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Organisers say the man himself Rod Stewart is always helping their cause and donating items to auction off – with his sister Mary also a massive supporter of the fan club.

Mr Reddy added: "Rod's sister Mary is our patron – she has never missed any of our 20 events.

"We have had Rod himself donate some fantastic prizes for our auctions and he donated some fantastic stuff this time around.

"We had a couple of stage suits, we had stage shirts, and some other memorabilia which was all signed for our nightly auctions.

"We have started talking about next year but we are not sure where or when yet."

Luke Bartlett

By Luke Bartlett
Trainee Reporter - @lbartlett_star

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