Sunday 22 October 2017

Bar stool tribute to Westlife

Westlife stars Kian Egan, Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne and Mark Feehily sitting on bar stools engraved with their names
Westlife stars Kian Egan, Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne and Mark Feehily sitting on bar stools engraved with their names

One of Scotland's most famous venues has paid a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Westlife as they played there for the last time.

Glasgow's SECC unveiled four bar stools engraved with the names of Shane, Mark, Kian and Nicky ahead of their final concert there.

The boy-turned-man band gained a reputation for sitting on bar stools while crooning ballads during their 14-year career.

The tribute stools will have a permanent home outside the main entrance of the SECC in recognition of their popularity in Scotland.

The band played at the venue 49 times in their career, entertaining more than 380,000 fans and selling more tickets than any other act.

As they unveiled the silver coloured stools, the band said: "It's a wonderful gesture from the SECC and we have always loved playing in Scotland. It's fitting way for us to say goodbye and we hope that the seats will be a permanent reminder for our fans of all the great nights we have had here".

Westlife, currently on a farewell tour, have scored 14 number one singles in the UK and more than two dozen top 10 hits. In 2010, the group were estimated to have amassed a £31 million fortune after shifting more than 44 million copies of their records around the world.

Allan Snedden, head of concert and event sales at the SECC, said: "Over the years, Westlife have sold the biggest number of tickets of any act to take place at the SECC and we could not let their farewell gig here pass without marking this amazing feat.

"The seats outside which are synonymous with the band's live acts will be lasting testimony to the enjoyment Westlife has given to thousands of fans here."

The group will wind up with a show at Croke Park in Dublin on June 23.

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