Jan 25 2013 by Craig Robertson, Kilmarnock Standard
Music legend Marie Osmond is coming to Kilmarnock Football Club!
She’ll perform Paper Roses at Rugby Park next Friday in front of up to 400 fans.
It has taken weeks of plans but the incredible coup can finally be revealed by the Standard.
Marie, 53, has agreed to stop off in the town before she plays a concert with brother Donny in Glasgow’s SECC that night.
Her performance will take place at the Caprington Suite in the Park Hotel, with season ticket holders and shareholders being offered first chance at the free tickets.
The American agreed to come after hearing how her 1973 hit Paper Roses had been adopted as the club’s anthem.
Marie’s visit to Rugby Park has only been secured in the last few days. But it’s the result of more than three years of efforts from lifelong Killie fan Robert Morton. He explained the Paper Roses link to Marie after meeting her at a Las Vegas show in 2009.
Robert, 42, said: “It’s hard to believe that it’s happening.
“I said to her PR director Greg Sperry that it would be great if we could get her to Kilmarnock if she ever played in Scotland.
“We kept in touch and when I saw she was playing in Glasgow, I asked him if it was possible. He said he’d make it happen.”
Marie will come to Kilmarnock after arriving in Glasgow on Friday and will perform at Rugby Park between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.
As well as singing, she will take part in a Q&A session. Robert added: “I’d like to thank Greg Sperry and her executive assistant Lorraine Wheeler for arranging it and, of course, Marie for agreeing to come.”
Further information will be available on the club’s website.
For a chance to win four tickets to the show answer the following question: What year was Paper Rose was a hit for Marie Osmond?
Send answers on a postcard to our office marked “Marie Osmond competition”.