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Bay City Rollers for festive gig in Belfast

By Staff Reporter

Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers are to perform at the Limelight in Belfast later this year.

The Scottish band will appear at the city centre venue on Sunday, December 10.

The Bay City Rollers topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1970s, selling more than 100 million albums throughout their career. They were best known for their massive hits Bye Bye Baby, Shang-A-Lang, Remember, Summerlove Sensation and Give A Little Love.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph in 2015, McKeown revealed how his world had been turned upside down by the loss of his parents in 2002, both of whom were from Northern Ireland.

His mother Florence Close was born in Banbridge and married a soldier from Ballymena, Stephen McKeown.

However, he said growing up they had no contact with any family back in Northern Ireland for reasons he was not sure about.

He has since been researching his family tree in a bid to find any remaining family members in the province who may be able to tell him more about his mum and dad's families, and why they left for Scotland, severing all contact with those back home.

McKeown currently lives with his Japanese wife Peko Keiko in London. They have a 32-year-old son named Jubei.

Tickets for the Limelight gig go on sale from Friday, June 30 at 9am. They are priced at £26 plus booking fee, and are available from the Limelight and Ticketmaster.

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