A special taxi, painted with the "Glasgow 1990" logo, was provided to convey visitors and VIP participants to events during the city's year as European City of Culture. This photograph, taken for the April 1990 issue of Glasgow City Council's newspaper The Bulletin, shows Council Leader Pat Lally with a group of people publicising "The Big Day" music festival. The "taxi driver" is Ricky Ross, lead singer of the pop group Deacon Blue.
Held on 3 June, "The Big Day" was one of the outstanding events of 1990. An estimated 250,000 people enjoyed performances of pop, rock, folk, jazz and classical music from more than fifty artists, spread over eleven hours. Three stages at George Square, Custom House Quay and Glasgow Green allowed top rock and pop artists to perform before huge live audiences, with millions more watching on the Channel 4 television station.
Founded in 1985, Glasgow group Deacon Blue enjoyed several years of success as recording and performing artists. Their best selling single was Real Gone Kid, while their album When The World Knows Your Name topped the charts in 1989.
Reference: Bulletin photographs, Box 13, April 1990
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning
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