Her career has spanned several decades – and Petula Clark showed she was still a class act at Birmingham Town Hall.
She made her debut as a child radio star during the Second World War but at the age of 80 she was back on stage last night, kicking off her set with songs including Never Enough and Don’t Sleep In The Subway.
Most seats in the venue were taken and the audience, many in their 40s and 50s, applauded as she came out on stage accompanied by a band.
The Epsom-born singer has embarked on her first UK tour in five years to sing tracks from her new album, Lost In You, including a re-imagining of her signature 1960s hit Downtown, a version of the Gnarls Barkley hit, Crazy, and a rendition of Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender.
With two Grammy awards and over 68 million records sold, the formidable songstress has worked with the likes of John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Barbra Streisand, along with appearing in over 30 motion pictures including Goodbye Mr Chips with Peter O’Toole.
She has had an amazing career and seems to be showing no signs of slowing down. Fans took to Twitter to say how she danced around the stage with more energy than people half her age and received loud applause.