Meet the Blickling Hall gardener who has been to more than 80 Status Quo gigs

Blickling Hall gardener and Status Quo fan Stephen Hagon.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Blickling Hall gardener and Status Quo fan Stephen Hagon.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

They are famous for 'rockin' all over the world' and one Status Quo superfan has clocked up thousands of miles following his favourite band.

the Status Quo concert at Blickling Hall.Photo: Simon FinlayCopy: For: EDP NewsEDP pics © 2005(016

the Status Quo concert at Blickling Hall.Photo: Simon FinlayCopy: For: EDP NewsEDP pics © 2005(01603) 772434 - Credit: Archant © 2005

Known as The Norfolk Quoman, Stephen Hagon has travelled the length and breadth of the land attending more than 80 gigs by the legendary rock group.

An assistant head gardener at Blicking Hall, Mr Hagon has been getting 'down down' to the Quo for 39 years.

It was an obsession that began way back in 1977 and almost four decades later shows no sign of waning.

During that time, the 59-year-old, who lives at Oulton near Aylsham, has amassed a collection of Quo memorabilia including 150 badges and tickets from all the gigs he has attended.

Blickling Hall gardener and Status Quo fan Stephen Hagon.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Blickling Hall gardener and Status Quo fan Stephen Hagon.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

He has met members of the band including front men Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt several times over the years.

Father-of-two Mr Hagon attended his first Quo gig at Ipswich as a teenager and is now looking forward to what has been billed the band's farewell tour later this year.

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'I am one of those who get there hours before the concert to get down to the front barrier,' he said.

'My enthusiasm has not dimmed over the years and there is nothing like the anticipation of waiting for Status Quo to come on stage. Every concert is a sell-out because the band has got such a great repertoire. The fans are like one big family, there is great camaraderie and we are all bouncing up and down when the band comes on.

'My biggest thrill was when they played Blickling Hall a few years ago and I bought the first ticket for the gig.

He added: 'The line-up has changed over the years and Rick has not been playing since suffering a heart attack earlier this year, but the sound continues to be just as good.'

As well as seeing Status Quo perform at BBC Radio 2's Live In Hyde Park concert next month, Mr Hagon will be attending gigs at Brighton, Bournemouth, The O2 in London, Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool during the band's Last Night of the Electrics tour in December.

Mr Hagon's love for Status Quo is often a talking point with visitors to Blickling Hall, where he has worked as a gardener for the National Trust for 45 years.

He said: 'I often wear my Status Quo T-shirt and lots of visitors comment on it. One or two people like them here, but are not as passionate as me. I would not like to hazard a guess how many miles I have done travelling to Status Quo concerts. I always joke that if the Quo put on an opera I would go and see that.'

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