Dunfermline Press article originally posted on 29th January 2009
by Gary Fitzpatrick

BIG COUNTRY singer and Pars fan Stuart Adamson is set to be honoured with a mural tribute at his beloved East End Park.

Stuart Adamson East End Park MuralHis face will look down on the pitch alongside some of the biggest names in the club”s history.

The tragic star, who died at the age of 43 in 2001, was a regular at Dunfermline matches and fans of his music felt East End would be the best place to remember him.

It is planned that his image will be painted on the wall at the back of the North Enclosure alongside Pars legends such as Jock Stein, Jim Leishman, Norrie McCathie, Bert Paton and Istvan Kozma.

As well as the mural, there will also be a portrait to be hung in the Legends Bar at the stadium.

Jim Leishman said, ‘It will be a fitting tribute to one of the club”s biggest fans.’

Those behind the tribute are now seeking suggestions from the fans on what words should accompany the portrait.

To help fund the project a collection will be made at the annual Skids fans” gathering in the city.

The Skids, Stuart”s earlier band, are already part of the match-day ritual at East End with their hit, “Into The Valley”, played as the teams take to the field.

Tribute organiser Colin Gourlay, who runs the Kinemagigz website, said, ‘For some time now I have believed that there is a strong desire amongst friends and fans to permanently express the warm affection and respect we all have for Stuart Adamson.

‘I think many wish to honour his memory and articulate the high esteem in which Stuart”s legacy is held amongst his personal friends and fiercely loyal fans from

his home city of Dunfermline to the most remote corners of the globe where his words and music touched souls, lifted hearts and entertained millions.

“Having contacted Stuart”s family last year, agreement was reached that the time was right to go ahead with such a commemoration.

‘Paramount in any project in Stuart”s name is the principle that it must be something that we feel Stuart would have approved of.’

Several other projects are being worked on behind the scenes involving the Pars and Stuart”s family to pay tribute to his memory.

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