Gallery: Rod Stewart fans Sail in as Walsall convention keeps them Forever Young

Fans of music icon Rod Stewart were Sailing at the weekend when they dusted down their tartan and crimped their blonde locks ready for an event in the Black Country.

Gallery: Rod Stewart fans Sail in as Walsall convention keeps them Forever Young

Fans Rod Stewart (he had his name changed) and Paul Gregory, both from Yorkshire

The Rod Stewart Fan Club Big Weekend returned to Walsall for the sixth consecutive year, and fans from across the globe descended to celebrate their hero.

Among the people who turned up was Rod Stewart’s sister Mary Cady. All three events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday sold out at The Saddlers Club with more than 300 fans packed into the venue.

Rod’s former producer Jim Cregan also took to the stage to perform songs written with Stewart with his band Cregan and Co, which features X Factor star Ben Mills as lead singer. Also wowing crowds at the three-night extravaganza were Aces Faces, a Rod Stewart tribute band, as well as other acts Stan Terry and DJ Gary Price. 

Ruth Hannushka has racked up almost 400 concerts since she first started following him in 1983. She said: “I have met him a few times. He’s a lovely man. Coming to an event like this is good for the fans because in your normal life, people don’t understand you. They don’t get how you can be such a big fan and go to every concert. But here everyone is the same, they all love him. 

Janet Elizabeth travelled to Walsall from West Yorkshire.

She said: “This is a great event, its for a good cause and is raising lots of money for charity, and everyone’s getting a little piece of Rod.” Paul Gregory and Linda Power, from Rotherham met at a convention. Mr Gregory said: “We both love him and I think that just brought us together.”

An organiser, Dave Reddy, said: “It’s been brilliant again.” 

Money from this year's event will go to charity Hospice UK.

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