Sir Cliff Richard returns to television with Gloria Hunniford at his side
Last two years a 'blip', says Sir Cliff on return
Sir Cliff Richard described the last two years of his life as a "blip" as he made his first major TV appearance since an investigation into child sex allegations was dropped.
The singer was among figures, including Professor Stephen Hawking and actor David Hasselhoff who turned out at the 18th Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards.
Sir Cliff walked the red carpet alongside Gloria Hunniford ahead of the ceremony, which honours the UK's unsung heroes.
He said he was "bounding with energy" to be making his major first television appearance since the investigation was dropped.
The singer, who has launched legal action against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police for alleged collusion in the case, retreated from public life during the probe.
The 76-year-old said: "When you go through something like the last two years in my life, you realise how lucky you are, really. That's just a blip in my life, really."
Emma Bunton, Sir Tom Jones and Mary Berry were among the other big names to grace the red carpet.
The glittering annual ceremony was hosted by Carol Vorderman at London's Grosvenor House, with presenters including Prime Minister Theresa May and the Prince of Wales.