Johnny Reid superfan, 85, forced to miss Halifax concert
Canadian country music star Johnny Reid has some big fans, none more so than 85-year-old Gladys Merrigan of Halifax.
She’s a member of his fan club, and she had front row tickets and a backstage pass to Wednesday night’s concert at the Halifax Metro Centre.
Instead, she’s at the QEII Health Sciences Centre after being admitted to the cardiology department Tuesday.
"I have been having heart trouble, so I’ve had to come in and get my heart done," Merrigan said. "So I couldn't go to my concert that I've been waiting and waiting for."
The good news is her ticket isn’t going to waste, and another family member will attend. Still, Merrigan admits to being jealous.
"We were pretty excited,” her daughter, Jane Giles, said. "And then Tuesday morning she called me and she had to go into the hospital... not being able to breathe well and chest tightness. We're going to get that looked after."
Merrigan came to Canada 67 years ago as a British war bride. She said Reid’s music reminds her of country music singers in the past.
"I was into Hank Snow, Hank Williams, all of them," she said. "And (Reid) reminds me of them, the way he sings. He's not jumping around like an idiot."
She says she’s over the disappointment of missing the show and is looking forward to the next time Reid is in town.