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Monday 14 May 2007 @ 15:14 - GMT

There has been a change in the Red Piano European tour.

Instead of playing Southern Spain's Plaza de Espana on May 18, Elton will be there on September 14.

Due to technical problems, there was concern that the equipment from Las Vegas might not arrive in time.

Another much anticipated show is the Rocket Man's June 3 Brunton Park gig.

ELTON Johns dressing room will be decked with thousands of pounds worth of flowers and 200 suits when he plays Carlisles Brunton Park stadium next month.

Organisers are hoping a city florist will be chosen to deck out his pitch side dressing room with colourful bouquets and his favourite flowers lillies .

Tom Johnstone , Uniteds sales and marketing manager, said: Elton is spending a fortune on flowers. Its the one thing he insists on having his dressing room adorned with flowers.

He hasnt got a rider and hes not demanded anything from the club.

He needs lots of space in his dressing room so he can fit in all his suits. Hes bringing 200 with him and he decides what he wants to wear on the day.

Florist Derek Armstrong of Bloomsbury on Bank Street , Carlisle , is one city florist who would love the job.

He said: It is something we would certainly be very keen on doing. It would depend on his brief but Im sure we could accommodate his needs be it vases of flowers or bouquets. Ive got tickets for the concert and Im really looking forward to it.

Preparations for the Sunday June 3 gig are now in full swing.

Sir Elton s visit to Carlisle will literally be a flying one touching down three hours before the show and leaving straight after the concert.

Meanwhile, his entourage will arrive in the city on May 29 and stay at the Premier Travel Inn at
Kingstown . They will set up a mini village with computers and telephones at the Waterworks end of the pitch.

Mr Johnstone said: Its all falling into place now and were really looking forward to hosting such a big event.

The heavy building equipment will arrive on May 30 to start building the stage and the day after a 62-tonne crane will lift major parts of the stage over the barriers at the Waterworks end of the pitch.

We estimate that there will be about 400 support and ancillary staff working on putting the whole thing together.

Covering the pitch starts on May 31 when interlocking roller boards will be put on the pitch to provide a safe surface in wet and dry weather.

Its the kind of surface that doesnt damage the earth below and lets the grass breathe and grow.

The mobile toilets will arrive on site on June 1.

Mr Johnstone said: The catering units will start to arrive on the Friday with nine or 10 mobile units coming in. They will sell beer, wine, soft drinks and hot and cold snacks.

The gym will also be stripped out and set up as a bar to cut down on queuing. There will also be two bars on the pitch and extra bars in the East Stand and Warwick Road end.

A champagne and seafood bar will be set up in the current sponsors lounge.

A VIP and hospitality marquee will be set up on the Friday and final amendments to the stage and seating area will be made on the Saturday.

Stagecoach will operate a Park and Ride scheme from Devonshire Walk car park and Rosehill.

Tickets are still available for the gig. To book contact 0871 230 9882 or online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk.