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Founding Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir dies aged 70

The Scottish pop band became teen idols in the 1970s during 'Rollermania'.

Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir has died after a short illness, aged 70.

The Edinburgh-born musician was a founding member of the popular seventies Scottish pop band.

He is understood to have contracted a virus in Mexico and was flown back to the UK for treatment.

Liam Rudden, writer of Bay City Rollers musical I Ran With the Gang, said: "Alan was one of the most gentle, generous and kind-hearted people I have ever known.

Pop idols: Alan Longmuir (second from left) during the height of Rollermania.
Pop idols: Alan Longmuir (second from left) during the height of Rollermania. PA

"He touched the lives of everyone he met with a smile that made them feel special.

"The original Bay City Roller may have gone but his legacy will live on through his music."

The Bay City Rollers became teen idols in the 1970s in a phenomenon which became known as "Rollermania".

The band has existed in various forms for more than 50 years.

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