Bay City Rollers fans share throwback snaps after Les McKeown’s death

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Rollermania forever! Bay City Rollers fans share photos of tartan outfits and childhood records as they mourn the death of frontman Les McKeown

  • Bay City Rollers fans shared photos of their childhood tartan outfits and LPs
  • Memories of their love for the boy band that captured their hearts
  • Comes after frontman Les McKeown died at home at the age of 65

Bay City Rollers fans have shared photos of their tartan accessories and childhood records as they parted ways with frontman Les McKeown after his death at the age of 65.

Most of them fell in love with the Rollers as young girls and declared their allegiance by incorporating the group’s tartan outfits, mid-cut pants, and striped socks into their own wardrobes.

Over the past 24 hours, they’ve dusted off their old LPs and dug into the photo album while reminiscing about Rollermania on Twitter.

Hello dear!  Bay City Rollers fans have shared photos of their tartan accessories and youth records as they parted ways with frontman Les McKeown after his death

Hello dear! Bay City Rollers fans have shared photos of their tartan accessories and youth records as they parted ways with frontman Les McKeown after his death

Some social media users have paid a moving tribute to McKeown, describing him as their “ first love. ”

One tweeted: ‘OMG! I can’t believe it Loud crying face I’m heartbroken at the news that Les passed away Heartbroken He was our “heartthrob” our first love, our “pop star with sunglasses” Oh Les, how we are going to miss you all. ‘

Another wrote: ‘So very sad to hear that Les Mckeown has passed away, he was my first love / crush since I was 17. RIP Leslie. ‘

The Bay City Rollers were one of the first boy bands, a classic of the genre whose appeal and success – including two No. 1 hits in America – was immense.

The Bay City Rollers were one of the first boy bands, a classic of the genre whose appeal and success - including two No. 1 hits in America - was immense.  Pictured, Alan Longmuir, Les McKeown, Eric Faulkner, Stuart Wood and Derek Longmuir (seated) in 1975

The Bay City Rollers were one of the first boy bands, a classic of the genre whose appeal and success – including two No. 1 hits in America – was immense. Pictured, Alan Longmuir, Les McKeown, Eric Faulkner, Stuart Wood and Derek Longmuir (seated) in 1975

Rollermania: For the past 24 hours, fans have been dusting off their old LPs and diving into the photo album as they reminisce about Rollermania, which began in the 1970s.

Rollermania: For the past 24 hours, fans have been dusting off their old LPs and diving into the photo album as they reminisce about Rollermania, which began in the 1970s.

A bunch of little, working-class children from Edinburgh came on the scene and performed in front of crowds of screaming fans.

They achieved worldwide success with songs such as Bye Bye Baby, I Only Wanna Be With You and Shang-a-Lang, before breaking up in the early 1980s after a number of changes to the original line-up.

Now only three of the ‘classic five’ Rollers lineup are left: founder and drummer Derek Longmuir, 69, guitarist Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood, 64, and songwriter and guitarist Eric Faulkner, 67.

The fifth, ‘original Roller’ Alan Longmuir, died in 2018 after contracting a mystery virus while on vacation in Mexico.

Some fans have said how ‘happy’ they feel to see McKeown, Longmuir and Wood at their short-lived reunion in 2015 and 2016.

The trio performed in oceans of tartan, with some of their original fans bringing their own children to the gigs.

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