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Friday, 11th March 2005
Petula Clark @ The Lowry   


STAR quality is what has endeared Petula Clark to the public since she was just 12 years old.

Now, 60 years later, she still has it by the bucketful.

And last night at The Lowry her loving fans turned out in force to pay tribute to an international treasure.

Backed by an eight-piece band, she opened to polite applause, but by the time she hit her third number, Don't Sleep In The Subway, the shyness had disappeared and one admirer shouted: "We love you Petula," to rapturous appreciation.

The hits - and she has had a few over the decades - kept flowing, with My Love, This Is My Song and Look To The Rainbow, from the 1968 film Finian's Rainbow.

She was happy to exchange banter with the audience and invited everyone to sing along.

She had the house on its feet when she blasted the most famous of her hits Downtown and, predictably, earned a standing ovation.

She returned for an encore to thank the wonderful people of Manchester and was baffled slightly when it was pointed out from the auditorium she was actually in Salford.

But like the true professional she is, it did not faze her and she blazed into a foot tapping hand clapping rendition of I Couldn't Live Without Your Love to finish the night and leave everyone singing it all the way home.