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Cliff Richard's Northern Ireland fans miss out on 80th birthday tour

Sir Cliff Richard
Sir Cliff Richard
Sarah Tulloch

By Sarah Tulloch

Sir Cliff Richard's Northern Ireland fans are set to miss out as he embarks on a nationwide tour to coincide with his 80th birthday.

The veteran entertainer will celebrate the milestone in October next year, with his first tour date taking place a month earlier.

Sir Cliff will kick off The Great 80 Tour at the Gateshead Sage in September, before performing in cities including Glasgow, Blackpool and Birmingham.

In October he will be in Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Bournemouth and Brighton.

Sir Cliff will end the tour with two dates at London's Royal Albert Hall on October 12 and 13.

However no Northern Ireland dates have been announced.

In 2018 Sir Cliff thanked his Irish fans for always making him feel special as he embarked on his 60th anniversary tour which he kicked off with concerts in Dublin and Belfast. He is one of the most successful musicians ever, having sold more than 250 million records worldwide.

The singer launched his career in the 1950s with his backing group The Shadows and has been a fixture in the charts ever since, becoming the only singer to have a number one single in the UK in five consecutive decades.

Sir Cliff has reportedly moved to the US amid the fallout from the legal action he took against the BBC.

The pop star has previously told how the trauma of BBC coverage of the police search of his home, following a claim of historical sexual assault, left him emotionally drained.

Sir Cliff was not arrested and did not face charges.

Tickets for The Great 80 Tour will go on sale at 9am on Friday, October 25.

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