Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament praising Falkirk Football Club along with promoters Marshall Arts for ‘seizing the initiative’ and staging an Elton John concert at the Falkirk Stadium. Mr MacDonald also highlighted in the motion the boost to local tourism the event attracted, with all hotels, guest houses and B&Bs fully booked.
The motion reads:
Motion S4M-03247: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party
Sir Elton John Boosts Tourism in Falkirk District
That the Parliament congratulates Falkirk Football Club, which, along with promoters Marshall Arts, seized the initiative to hold an Elton John concert on 10 June 2012 at Falkirk Community Stadium, the only Scottish gig on Sir Elton’s 2012 UK tour; understands that 15,000 visitors attended the event and that it boosted the local economy and tourism; acknowledges the logistical support for the event from Falkirk Council and the emergency services, and hopes that this is the first of many successful music events at what it sees as this fantastic venue.
Speaking after lodging the motion Angus MacDonald said:
“Falkirk Football Club, along with promoters Marshall Arts, must be congratulated for seizing the initiative and staging this tremendous concert. I look forward to seeing the final figures showing the economic boost the event has had on Falkirk district, however in the meantime it is heartening to hear that all local hotels, guest houses and B&Bs were fully booked.
“I do hope this is the first of many concerts at Falkirk Stadium – the venue is ideal – right in the heart of Central Scotland, with an unrivalled motorway and rail network. Hopefully a large number of the 15,000 visitors liked what they saw in Falkirk district and we look forward to welcoming them back at some point in the not too distant future.”