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Music legend Rod Stewart praises Ballymena United for their Wrightbus gesture

Sir Rod Stewart with son Aiden (PA)
Sir Rod Stewart with son Aiden (PA)
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By Adam McKendry

World renowned singer Sir Rod Stewart has taken to social media to praise Ballymena United's generous gesture to employees affected by the collapse of Wrightbus.

The company went into administration on Wednesday, resulting in the closure of the firm and the loss of 1,200 jobs in the Co Antrim town.

In an incredible gesture of goodwill, Ballymena United announced they would be giving any Wrightbus employee free entry into their Danske Bank Premiership tie with Cliftonville tomorrow.

It was a move that was widely praised across the Irish League community, but now the club's generosity has reached an even wider audience.

That's because it was picked up by Stewart (74) on Twitter, who was so moved by the gesture that he felt the need to let his 446,000 followers know about it.

In his tweet, Stewart - who is a well known football fanatic and is one of Scottish club Celtic's most high-profile supporters - hailed the club's reaction and urged other clubs to follow their lead.

"Three cheers for Ballymena United! What a wonderful, charitable gesture to the Wrightbus employees. There should be more of this in football," wrote the rocker.

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Earlier this month, Stewart revealed he is finally free from prostate cancer after around two years of secret treatment.

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