Russell ‘The Voice’ Watson is on top form

Russell Watson at the OAT''Picture by Neil Silk 123161a'04/08/12
Russell Watson at the OAT''Picture by Neil Silk 123161a'04/08/12
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Crowds at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre were treated to a memorable evening of music and song with opera star Russell Watson.

The popular tenor, nicknamed “The Voice”, told the 3,000-strong audience that he was really excited to be back in Scarborough - especially for “the best fish and chips!”

The light-hearted atmosphere continued through the evening, coupled with a patriotic feel as people waved Union Jacks and joined in with certain songs.

The star, who has battled brain cancer in recent years, opened the concert with God Save the Queen, which brought everyone at the venue to their feet.

He also got the audience involved and joked with them about low-flying seagulls passing overhead.

Fans had travelled form all over the country to watch the star perform.

Friends Sharon Stapleton and Tracy Masterson had come up from London especially for the event.

Sharon said: “I’ve seen him six or seven times now. He’s a great entertainer and I like the fact he’s working class and hasn’t lost his roots.

“He’s brought opera to the fore because of his personality. He’s real and that goes a long way.”

Tracy added: “I just really love his music - he’s unique.”

Sandra and Peter Bush, of Filey, were among the crowd. Sandra said: “We’ve got a lot of admiration for him, especially with what he’s been through.

“And he’s a Mancunian like my husband!”

Scarborough’s mayor Helen Mallory was also at the event. Speaking afterwards she said: “It was absolutely brilliant. The arrangement of Scarborough Fair was spectacular.

“It’s great that we’re getting a cross-section of acts coming to the theatre. We need to look after all our music fans.”