ILLNESS has forced British music legend Tony Blackburn to pull out of some of his upcoming shows, including in Swindon.

The beloved DJ was set to bring his Sound of the 60s show to the town's Wyvern Theatre on April 19, but revealed in a series of tweets that he wouldn't be making it. 

The veteran presenter, 80, didn't appear in his usual Saturday morning BBC Radio 2 slot, leaving regular listeners puzzled. 

In response, Tony took to social media to explain his absence, revealing he'd been medically advised to take some time off. 

He said: "Hello folks. Just to let you all know, I've had a little recurrence of the chest infection I had a few weeks ago.

"My Dr has told me off for not taking some time to recover properly so I am having a break from the radio this weekend and, sadly, I have had to postpone the Sounds of the 60s shows at Swindon and Redhill next week too.

"New dates are already in the diary though and I really do hope to be back with you soon."

There was an outpouring of support in response to the messages, and Tony returned to Twitter to add his thanks.

"I just want to thank you all for your kind words, I am listening to the doctors and this time I will recover properly, which I didn’t do before.

"To those of you who have booked to see the show next week, I’m so sorry but we are arranging new dates and your tickets will be OK."

The I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here winner had recently spoken to The Adver for an interview ahead of the show, where he talked about the closure of the town's well-known Oasis Leisure Centre.

He said: “It’s a shame when things like what occurred with the Oasis happen. It’s all financial I suppose and it’s a difficult time with regard to money.”

The Wyvern Theatre has not issued a public comment about the postponed show, but the Swindon Theatres website page for Sound of the 60s now shows it as taking place on Wednesday, May 10, instead. 

The show, which had sold out, is an evening of 60s classics performed by the Sounds Of The 60s All Star Band & Singers, and is hosted by Tony. 

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