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IT’S NOT UNUSUAL to see international stars heading to York’s Castle Howard, but few are as universally loved as the incomparable Sir Tom Jones, who plays the stunning venue on July 16.

The Delilah singer will be taking to the stage in the beautiful surroundings of the 17th Century castle as part of a sensational tour, which has seen five-star reviews and sold-out venues as fans clamour to see the 76-year-old Welsh legend.

A huge crowd is expected to welcome the inimitable hit-maker to Yorkshire, who has talked about how his music - and these shows - are providing a cathartic release, after a tough few months.

Fans will be enthralled by this passion for music, at the spectacular, picnic-style concert by the Great Lake, dancing the night away against the breathtaking backdrop of the historic house.

Born Thomas John Woodward in Pontypridd, the young Tom Jones developed a love for singing at family gatherings and in his school choir, but few would have predicted the meteoric rise of the coal miner’s son, whose career has spanned more than half a century.

After joining a local beat group in 1963, Jones’ immeasurable talent was quickly spotted and he was whisked away to the bright lights of London, and a record deal with Decca.

In 1965, It’s Not Unusual - became an international success and within two years, the Welshman was a world renowned, Grammy- winning artist, selling more than 100 million records worldwide.

Stints in Las Vegas at both the Flamingo and Caesars Palace followed, where he formed a close friendship with Elvis Presley, that would last until the singers death in 1977.

And just like his idol, Sir Tom Jones’ talents spread from the stage to the screen as he embarked on a career in television and film.

With a career spanning over 50 years, Jones has become one of Great Britain’s most cherished musicians and won a new legion of fans with his appearances as a coach on popular BBC talent show, The Voice.

And he will be drawing from an enviable back catalogue for his Castle Howard show on July 16, with smash hits including It’s Not Unusual, Delilah, What’s New Pussycat, Kiss and Sex Bomb sure to bring a Welsh party to York.

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