He was always just a local bloke with his feet on the ground despite the fact he had become an international rock star.”

FANS commemorated the tenth anniversary of Stuart Adamson’s death with a minute’s silence on Thursday. In a poignant ceremony, they gathered at his memorial bench in Pittencrieff Park to remember their hero, who tragically took his life, aged just 43.Fighting back tears, fan

Gwenda Matthews, who runs www.stuart-adamson.co.uk, delivered a speech in which she described the impact Stuart’s songs had on her life.

She said, “Your voice and guitar sang to me in times when no other sound made a difference.“You have brought me to tears and smiles, comfort and rage. You have made my heart pound and have soothed my uneasy soul.“For all these things I thank you. Words cannot begin to adequately express how much your music has meant to me for the past thirty years. It’s been a soundtrack to my life and your lyrics have often played like a mantra in my head, willing me on, pulling me out of low moments and helping me to celebrate the good times. You have been such a positive force to me in so many ways.” A floral tribute, spelling out the the word ‘Stuart’ was then unveiled from behind a saltire flag.  A bouquet of roses arrived for the ceremony from American fan Tina Marie Nanney from Chandler, Arizona.

She wrote, “My dear Stuart Adamson, All my love toyou now always and forever.” Skids fan Colin Gourlay, from KinemaGigz.com, told the press, “Stuart was a lovely man, a genuine bloke He was the kind of guy you could have a conversation with in the pub. I met him up the High Street on several occasions, even after Big Country became huge, he’d shout across the street, How you doing?’ and he’d have a blether with you. “He never refused an autograph to my knowledge. He was always just a local bloke with his feet on the ground despite the fact he had become an international rock star.” Gwenda also read lyrics from ‘Your Spirit To Me’ from the album ‘Driving to Damascus’.

Article by Matt Meade (Dunfermline Press)

In the photograpy:  Johnny Nicol, Gwenda Matthews & Colin Gourlay

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