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Tom Jones brings Newmarket back to life as 'It's Not Unusual' singer sees crowds flock to July Course




Tom Jones is famous for singing ‘It's Not Unusual’ but, on Friday night, it really was as thousands of people flocked to the first Newmarket Nights in more than a year.

Most 81 year olds can barely sing in a church choir, but double jabbed Sir Tom not only kept the audience hanging on his every word but he hit every note.

His show wasn’t the First Dance of the night - with a horse of the same name beating Newmarket trainer David Simcock’s Lower Street in the opening race of the night - but for most it was their first dance in a crowd for more than a year.

Sir Tom brought Newmarket back to life on Friday at the first Newmarket Nights in more than a year. Picture: Mark Ellis Photography
Sir Tom brought Newmarket back to life on Friday at the first Newmarket Nights in more than a year. Picture: Mark Ellis Photography

And when the Welsh icon took to the stage everyone instantly got into the swing of things - putting to bed fears people had forgotten how to have a good time.

With a career dating back to the 1960s, he visited his huge collection of smash hits and the thousands of racegoers lapped it up.

The audience erupted when ‘What’s New Pussycat’ was belted out, and the crowd did much of his job for him.

Thousands flocked to Newmarket's July Course to see music legend Tom Jones in action. Picture: Mark Ellis Photography
Thousands flocked to Newmarket's July Course to see music legend Tom Jones in action. Picture: Mark Ellis Photography

Worth the price to get in? My, my, my, worth every penny!

Delilah was another obvious hit with the audience, with Sir Tom somehow performing like he did when the song was first released in 1968.

The original Sexbomb of modern music, never have so many phones popped out to snap a picture of one of the industry’s ultimate legends at home on the stage.

Sir Tom brought Newmarket back to life on Friday at the first Newmarket Nights in more than a year. Picture: Mark Ellis Photography
Sir Tom brought Newmarket back to life on Friday at the first Newmarket Nights in more than a year. Picture: Mark Ellis Photography

The truth is, though, everyone knew that Tom Jones would give a great show. He is the ultimate reassuring act in uncertain times.

After a year of Matt Hancock banning one night stands and the Government sternly warning us if we dared to sit on a bench or look at some apparently ‘non-essential’ item in a supermarket the Old Bill would send you to Belmarsh, it was a surprise to see just how quickly people cramped themselves into the thousands that surrounded the stage at the July Course.

Even the most cautious removed their facemasks - or put them inexplicably under their chins - and sang along to ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’.

Sir Tom brought Newmarket back to life on Friday at the first Newmarket Nights in more than a year. Picture: Mark Ellis Photography
Sir Tom brought Newmarket back to life on Friday at the first Newmarket Nights in more than a year. Picture: Mark Ellis Photography

Most did follow Sir Tom’s strict instructions and left their hats on, you will be pleased to know.

“It’s great to be back. And I mean that sincerely. You have been a wonderful audience,” Sir Tom said moments before he left the stage for the final time.

And he’s right, it was great to be back.

Sir Tom brought Newmarket back to life on Friday at the first Newmarket Nights in more than a year. Picture: Mark Ellis Photography
Sir Tom brought Newmarket back to life on Friday at the first Newmarket Nights in more than a year. Picture: Mark Ellis Photography

From watching the poor woman fall over because her heels are too high, to the bloke that claimed to have won hundreds on a horse only to hilariously lose it all on the next race, the cacophony of humans descending into Newmarket for one night only is one I missed.

I even missed queuing to get a drink, queuing to get something to eat, queuing to put a bet on, and just queuing in general.

The only thing I didn’t miss was paying £90 for a bottle of Champagne.

So off to Wetherspoon's I went, singing Green Green Grass of Home, but only after queuing to get a taxi.

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