Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Night of Perfect Pop - and Poetry - with Octogenarian Petula

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Night of Perfect Pop - and Poetry - with Octogenarian Petula

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'SHE'S still got it.' smiles a grey-haired chap to his companion as he watches octogenarian pop singer Petula Clark singing her classic hits at The Lowry's Lyric Theatre.

It's a sentiment hard to deny as Petula wows the audience in the packed venue.

One did wonder if her voice would still be up to it - she is 81 next month - but the years fall away as she sings with great gusto her 1960s classics Colour My World, Don't Sleep In The Subway, I Know A Place, Call Me and, of course, Downtown.

This last timeless hit - nearly all of those brought to their feet must have been teenagers when Petula was in her heyday - brings a standing ovation at the end of the show . Dressed in a long black dress and sparkly purple top, she shimmies across the stage in a manner belying her years. She remains a decent pianist too, particularly clear on her rendition of Elvis Presley's Love me Ten's Imagine - another stand-out moment. …

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