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Westlife honoured with bar stools during farewell tour

One of Scotland's most famous venues has paid a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Westlife as they played there for the last time.

Westlife posing with their unique honour Credit: Press Association

Glasgow's SECC unveiled four bar stools engraved with the names of Shane, Mark, Kian and Nicky ahead of their final concert there.

The band gained a reputation for sitting on bar stools while signing ballads during their 14-year career.

Westlife performing at the Hilton Hotel, central London Credit: Press Association

The tribute stools will have a permanent home outside the main entrance of the SECC in recognition of their popularity in Scotland.

  • The band played at the venue 49 times in their career
  • Entertained more than 380,000 fans
  • Sold more tickets than any other act

As they unveiled the silver coloured stools, the band said:

It's a wonderful gesture from the SECC and we have always loved playing in Scotland. It's fitting way for us to say goodbye and we hope that the seats will be a permanent reminder for our fans of all the great nights we have had here.

Westlife, currently on a farewell tour, have scored 14 number one singles in the UK and more than two dozen top 10 hits.

In 2010, the group were estimated to have amassed a #31 million fortune after shifting more than 44 million copies of their records around the world.

Westlife performing during a Popworld music concert Credit: Press Association

Over the years, Westlife have sold the biggest number of tickets of any act to take place at the SECC and we could not let their farewell gig here pass without marking this amazing feat. The seats outside which are synonymous with the band's live acts will be lasting testimony to the enjoyment Westlife has given to thousands of fans here.

– Allan Snedden, head of concert and event sales at the SECC

The group will end with a show at Croke Park in Dublin on June 23.