Rod Stewart to rock Leeds great gran

ROCK OF AGES: Kathleen Doughty, 86, will be going to the Elland Road gig with daughter ''Andrea. Picture: Mark Bickerdike.
ROCK OF AGES: Kathleen Doughty, 86, will be going to the Elland Road gig with daughter ''Andrea. Picture: Mark Bickerdike.
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GREAT gran Kathleen Doughty is set to be the oldest fan at Rod Stewart’s Elland Road concert.

The 86-year-old retired machinist is dusting down her collection of his albums, including favourite number one hits Maggie May, Tonight’s the Night and Sailing.

Kathleen is being taken to the gig next Friday by her Rod Stewart fanatic daughter Andrea Easton, who has followed him since 1974, when she first saw rocker – aged 66 himself – at Leeds Town Hall.

Kathleen, who once hit the headlines after getting stuck in a lift all night long at Quarry Hill flats, said: “It will be the first time I’ve seen him. Andrea has always followed him since the 70s.

“She adores him and in fact gets on my nerves going on about him all the time.

“I like his music especially his recent American songbook work, and as he was coming so nearby, I agreed to go.

“I am so looking forward to it and will be standing up having a dance at the concert.”

Secretary Andrea, who lives near her mum in East End Park, Leeds, said: “We all think my mum might be Rod’s oldest fan at the concert.

“I am so looking forward to seeing him in my home city.”

Grandma Andrea, who has two grown up sons and has saved her Rod Stewart concert programmes, tickets and memorabilia, said: “After being a fan of Rod’s and seeing his concerts almost every year of my life since 1974, when I used to love his song Maggie May, I first went to see him at Leeds Town Hall with schoolpal Cindy.”

Andrea has seen him almost every year for the past 37 years and has visited lots of UK cities and town and arenas where he has performed.

She said: “I remember queuing all night long one time to get tickets for a Manchester gig and skiving off school from St Brigids Secondary at Torre Road to do so.

“I was given a surprise birthday present from my family which was a trip to London to see Rod at the O2 which is brilliant.

“When the news came through about Rod’s Leeds concert I was at my mum’s and she said ‘Will you get me a ticket please’. I explained that at the stadium she might only be able to see him on the big screen. but that didn’t deter her. I’m confident that she will be safe amongst the Rod fans, as they are the best.”

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