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Peter Cunnah: Touring with Take That, former band mate Brian Cox... and why things can only get better

His famous hit found renewed popularity during the Clap for Carers. The D:ream star talks to Claire O'Boyle about pop, politics and being a proud parent

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Peter Cunnah on tour with D:ream in Australia in 1995

Peter Cunnah on tour with D:ream in Australia in 1995

Peter Cunnah

Peter Cunnah

Brian Cox

Brian Cox

Peter Cunnah with wife Ruth Pilkington

Peter Cunnah with wife Ruth Pilkington

Tony Blair’s election victory in 1997

Tony Blair’s election victory in 1997

Peter Cunnah playing at an awards night in Londonderry in 2006

Peter Cunnah playing at an awards night in Londonderry in 2006

Cunnah (centre) and Cox with Sir Richard Attenborough

Cunnah (centre) and Cox with Sir Richard Attenborough

Peter Cunnah on tour with D:ream in Australia in 1995

It was one of the most iconic hits of the 1990s with D:ream's frontman promising a generation of dance fans Things Can Only Get Better.

And almost 30 years on since its original release, the song has seen a huge resurgence once again as an anthem of hope during the coronavirus outbreak, with the city of Nottingham adopting it early in the lockdown during its weekly 'Clap for Carers'.

Lead singer Peter Cunnah, from Londonderry, says the euphoric hit, which was famously adopted by Tony Blair and the Labour Party during the 1997 election campaign, has a tendency to reappear when people need a lift.