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Wednesday, 19 December, 2001, 16:59 GMT
Stadium tribute to singer Adamson
Big Country
Adamson was lead singer with Big Country
A service in memory of the late Big Country singer Stuart Adamson is being planned at the home of his favourite football team.

Adamson's manager said he plans to appoach Dunfermline FC to ask if the event can be staged at East End Park, in Fife, in the new year.

Ian Grant said it will serve as a fitting tribute to the 43-year-old singer and guitarist and will allow fans a chance to pay their final respects to Adamson.

Stuart Adamson
Stuart Adamson: Dunfermline football fan
The musician was found hanged in his hotel room in Hawaii on Sunday and police are understood to treating his death as an apparent suicide.

Mr Grant said his friend had been a devoted follower of the Scottish Premier League club.

He said: "He would always go to games when he could and the band even rehearsed at the stadium.

"Whenever he was overseas he followed their results and if I phoned him before he heard he would always ask me how they were getting on.

"The club offered him a directorship but he declined it as he just wanted to be a normal man on the terrace."

I have been swept off my feet by the outpouring of emotion

Ian Grant
Mr Grant said he believed Adamson would have appreciated the plan.

He said: "He did not request it but he would have been humbled by it as he was a humble man.

"It will be like a big wake and it will show Callum and Kirsten (Adamson's children) how popular their dad was."

The two men first met in 1977 when Mr Grant managed the musician in his first major band The Skids.

Stuart Adamson singing
The singer went on to form The Raphaels
He said he had been overwhelmed by the tributes to his friend, including the many which appeared on BBC News Online.

"I have been swept off my feet by the outpouring of emotion," said Mr Grant.

"Travis and the Wonder Stuff both dedicated songs to him at concerts this week.

"Tributes have also been posted on the BBC website and on the members area of the Big Country website, but I can't read them as it is too painful.

"It will take a long time to come to terms with the fact he is gone."

Adamson went on to form a band called The Raphaels after Big Country and had moved to the United States.

He fought a long-standing battle against alcohol addiction.

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