TikTok video shows 77-year-old gravel-throated Maggie May, Sailing and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? singer in Adidas tracksuit, Celtic trainers and hi-vis jacket fixing potholes in country lane leading to his mansion

Rock star Sir Rod Stewart has been hailed as a “legend” by locals – for fixing the dangerous potholes in the lane leading to his country house.

A video on TikTok shows the 77-year-old gravel-throated Maggie May and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? singer fronting a gang of workers filling the water-filled holes with gravel.

The lane in question is Sheering Lower Road, which runs from Sawbridgeworth to the B183 on the outskirts of Harlow, and off which lies Sir Rod’s 46-acre Durrington House estate, with its grade II-listed, 18th-century, 10-bedroom mansion .

In the 27-second video, Sir Rod is holding a spade and wearing a black Adidas hooded tracksuit, green and white Adidas trainers – a nod to his beloved Celtic FC – fingerless gloves and hi-vis jacket. It was uploaded to his 632,000 TikTok followers on Friday evening and by Saturday morning had been viewed more than half a million times.

In it he says: “This is the state of the road near where I live in Harlow. It’s been like this for ages.

“The other day there was an ambulance for the first time. My Ferrari can’t go through here at all.

Sir Rod Stewart tops off his Adidas outfit – including trainers in his beloved Celtic colors – with a hi-vis jacket (55413131)

“So me and the boys thought we’d come here and do it ourselves. So this is what we’re doing. Filling in the holes while millions and millions of pounds have been spent on the M11 [referring to nearby works on a new junction 7a at Harlow]†

It was shared to one of the Sawbridgeworth pages on Facebook, where followers hailed Sir Rod’s civic-minded did. Among them were NHS staff.

Amy Brennan said: “Thank you, Rod. I was at work today on our ambulance and this road was so bad we had to bounce all the way down with a patient on board. Much appreciated x.”

Gill Free added: “Thank you, Rod Stewart. So grateful. Nearly lost my tires and had to avoid ever since when I’m doing my home visits for NHS, meaning increased travel time on detours and traffic queues.”

Sir Rod Stewart does a little kick at the end of his TikTok video (55413129)
Sir Rod Stewart does a little kick at the end of his TikTok video (55413129)

The road, which comes under the jurisdiction of Essex County Council’s highways department, had never been in such a poor condition, according to locals.

Christine Adams said: “Well done, Sir Rod, have lived on this road for 32 years and never seen it this bad and so dangerous. Thank you.”

Phil Stevens added: “Well done Rod. I live in Sheering Lower Road and have reported it several times and the council are useless.”

The potholes have proved costly for motorists by damaging their wheels, tires and exhausts – including Sir Rod’s wife, Penny Lancaster-Stewart, the 51-year-old TV’s Loose Women presenter, former model and photographer, and special constable with the City of London police.

Lieann Legon said: “Thanks, Rod. We can finally drive through it. Saw Penny outside our house with a puncture last year from it.”

Born and raised in London, Sir Rod, who turned 77 in January, is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 250 million records worldwide. He has had 10 chart-topping albums and 31 top 10 singles in the UK, six of which reached No 1: Maggie MayYou Wear It WellsailingI Don’t Want To Talk About It/The First Cut is the DeepestDa Ya Think I’m Sexy? and baby jane

Knighted in 2016 for services to music and charity, last year the Sunday Times Rich List quoted his net worth at £215m, up £15m on the year before. He ranks 12th on the list of music millionaires.

The singer bought Durrington House in 2013 for £4.65m. It is home to Sir Rod, Penny and their sons Alastair, 16, and Aiden, 11, who go to school in Bishop’s Stortford. The singer has eight children by five women.

The grounds boast an ornamental lake and pond, a pool house, rose garden, croquet lawn, guest cottages – and a Celtic-themed five-a-side football pitch with artificial turf, surrounding fence and The Hoops flags behind the goals.

Sir Rod and his family are patrons of Bishop’s Stortford restaurants including Ruby’s, the Indian at Hockerill, Cote in North Street and the former Lemon Tree in Water Lane.



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