Gladys Merrigan

Gladys Merrigan, 85, is a huge fan of country signer Johnny Reid but she was forced to miss his concert in Halifax after she was admitted to hospital. (CBC)

One of Johnny Reid's biggest fans got a pleasant surprise on Thursday morning after being forced to miss his Halifax concert due to a hospitalization.

Gladys Merrigan, an 85-year-old Halifax woman, is a member of Reid's fan club.

She had front row tickets and a backstage pass to Wednesday night's concert at the Halifax Metro Centre, but was forced to give it up after she was admitted to the cardiology department at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre.

On Thursday morning, she got a surprise — a phone call from Reid himself.

"I was really shocked. I couldn't believe he called me on a telephone while I'm in a hospital," she told CBC News.

"He said he was terribly sorry that I couldn't get to it."

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, such as Hank Snow and Hank Williams.

She said Reid called from the departure hall as he was about to board his flight.

"'Don't you worry,' he said. 'I'll be back and we will have you there,'" Merrigan said.

"I love western music and he's to me, he's just perfect. He's a beautiful singer."