LiveRod Stewart: Taunton on a high after sensational County Ground concert

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Summary

  • 18,000 fans attended last night's concert
  • Six-figure sum raised for St Margaret's Hospice
  • More pics, vids and reaction
  • Special Rod Stewart edition of the County Gazette out on Thurs June 26

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JEREMY Browne, MP for Taunton Deane, pictured last night with partner Rachel Binks and Taune Deane councillor Fran Smith.

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He said: "It was a great evening for Taunton. All of the restaurants and bars were full of people. 

"It's great for the local economy, and it's raising a lot of money for the hospice, which is a very important local charity.

"There was a carnival atmosphere, cross-generational, which was great, and everyone had an enjoyable and memorable evening.

"And being for a great local cause, it was perfect."

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FINISHING off the night with the saucy track everyone had been anticipating (after Maggie May, that is): Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? he sings. Yes Rod, we do!

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A PAN-ROUND of the crowd at last night's Rod Stewart concert:

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ANDY Burt and Jam Fawcett travelled up from Tiverton to see Rod, and didn't hesitate to get into the swing of things.

Andy said: "I'm definitely a mega Rod fan - you've got to get in the swing of things haven't you?!"

Jam added: "Fantastic atmosphere, really lovely people, and everybody's out to have a good time. And fantastic weather!"

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SASHA Joyce and Catherine Lawrence from Taunton:

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12:27pm

FOREVER Young, Rod sings. And at 69, he's still cutting a fine form!

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ROD covers warm-hearted Van Morrison song, 'Have I Told You Lately':

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A QUICK mix of Rod classics at his storming show last night:

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ROD brings an orchestra on stage for four acoustic tracks:

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TAUNTON Mayor, Dave Durdan, and Mayoress Renee Durdan "thoroughly enjoyed themselves" watching Rod Stewart last night.

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Renee said: "What a wonderful occasion for Taunton it was.

"We absolutely loved it. We thought it was incredible, and so wonderful to see Taunton buzzing."

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ONE hundred volunteer concert-makers helped make the evening run smoothly, assisting with everything from car parking to providing complementary therapies to the concert crew.

Among the volunteers was 17-year-old Francesca Tyler from Wellington, who spent time in the happy crowds with a donations bucket.

She said: “There was a great atmosphere and people were so giving.”

She volunteered following personal experience with St Margaret’s: “My Nan was at the hospice in Taunton and they helped her and all the family. It’s such an amazing cause and it helps everyone.”

Volunteer Vicki Davies from Puriton was hard at work behind the scenes as part of the catering team and said she felt ‘humbled and privileged’ to take part.

“It all started when a friend’s parents needed St Margaret’s.

I did some fundraising and was taken on a tour of the hospice and was blown away by how amazing it is.

"I feel they give people such a good quality of life and I’m happy to support them in any way I can.”

St Margaret’s is the fourth largest hospice in the country and provides specialist care to 3,200 patients a year with progressive, life limiting illnesses in Somerset.

Services include two inpatient units, day hospice centres and community hospice services supporting people in their own homes.

It costs more than £27,000 a day, or £10 million a year, to run the charity, with 75 per cent of the costs provided from its shops, donations and fundraising activity.

11:12am

ST Margaret's volunteer Shaon Piggott snapped collecting at the concert.

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11:07am

CRICKET fans, fear not: word from Somerset County Cricket Ground is that the turf is looking good, and ready to welcome players back to the pitch, after all the dancing last night.

It seems one Rod fan was a bit slow on the uptake, however.

Spencer Bishop from Somerset County Cricket Ground, said: "We actually had somebody call this morning asking if there were any tickets left for the concert tonight."

Whoops.

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Our concert photo gallery has now been updated - click here to see if you're featured!

 

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AND with 18,000 people heading for their Rod experience at the County Ground, Taunton town centre was incredibly busy.

Simon Laws, manager of Coffee #1 in North Street, said: "We were insanely busy!

"Compared to a normal Wednesday we probably made an extra £800.

"It was really, really good, we probably planned to be busy, but not that busy. It was literally non-stop until 6pm."

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...and a still from the display.

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Relive the firework finale at the end of the night.

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LAST night's concert helped to raise a six-figure sum for St Margaret's Somerset Hospice, the charity says.

St Margaret’s chief executive Jon Andrewes said: “It couldn’t have gone any better!

"The atmosphere was fantastic, Rod Stewart gave a fabulous performance and even the weather was warm and dry.”

The concert was the brainchild of St Margaret’s clinical director Ann Lee.

She said: “This one evening has been nearly two years in the making and has brought in a fantastic and much needed sum towards our running costs.

"It’s also helped us to tell more people about what we do and demystify hospice care.”

She added: “People are already asking us how we’re going to top Rod Stewart. All I can say is ‘watch this space!’”

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CALIN Rusu, of Show Force, who constructed the stage, said: "We started clearing at 8am this morning.

"Hopefully this is going to take around 7 or 8 hours in the sun!

"Luckily we had a cleaning company who came and started picking up rubbish after it finished, so there's not much to clear up on that front."

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THE morning after the night before at the County Ground, the stage is on its way down...

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THOUSANDS flocked to Taunton to see the man with a voice, physique, and head of hair little changed since he first stepped foot into the music industry.

Rod Stewart wowed the crowds at Somerset County Ground last night with a feast of classics, three costume changes (those suits!), and his unchanged, incredible voice.

The build-up was a scorcher, the atmosphere akin to a festival, and the great man himself looked like he was having the time of his life. And so were we!

Best of all, of course, is the fact that St Margaret's Hospice have raised a whopping six-figure sum from the night, to go into direct patient care.

Follow the reaction to the night here, as well as checking out pictures and videos.

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10:27am Thu 19 Jun 14

heather147 says...

Glad you enjoyed the concert.

Public transport is a big problem in Taunton. The powers that be seem to think that everyone goes to bed at 7.00 pm and they don't want to go out on a Sunday. There are NO buses in Taunton (the county town of Somerset) after 7.00pm Monday to Saturday and none at all on a Sunday. The powers that be must assume that everyone here drives a car. This is obviously the same for the trains. You would think they could have put on a couple of special trains to Bristol and Exeter at least.
Glad you enjoyed the concert. Public transport is a big problem in Taunton. The powers that be seem to think that everyone goes to bed at 7.00 pm and they don't want to go out on a Sunday. There are NO buses in Taunton (the county town of Somerset) after 7.00pm Monday to Saturday and none at all on a Sunday. The powers that be must assume that everyone here drives a car. This is obviously the same for the trains. You would think they could have put on a couple of special trains to Bristol and Exeter at least. heather147
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