UK chart-topper’s farewell recording

Singer Ricky Valance, who is supporting the Royal Air Force with his last single before retirement. Picture: One Media iP Ltd
Singer Ricky Valance, who is supporting the Royal Air Force with his last single before retirement. Picture: One Media iP Ltd

Chart-topping Welsh singer and now Skegness resident Ricky Valance has spoken to The Standard about his last recording before retirement.

Ricky lays claim to being the first Welsh national to have a UK number one single.

His recording Tell Laura I Love Her sold more than a million copies in 1960.

Now, he is looking to enter retirement – at the age of 80 – with a charity single in support of the Royal Air Force (RAF), an organisation which he says can be overlooked but also one to which has a personal connection having served in it before pursuing his career in show business.

“It was the best thing I ever did,” he said. “It taught me to be confident, that I could achieve something.”

Proceeds from the sale of Welcome Home will go to the RAF Association and RAF Museum.

Ricky says he feels he is meant to release the charity song, having survived a heart attack two years ago.

“I believe there is a reason to me being saved,” he said.

You can find the single on iTunes or make a donation at www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/rickyvalance1

Ricky will also perform at the Coronation Hall in Woodhall Spa on June 10.