Prince Philip: Tom Jones discusses hilarious exchange with Duke
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Sir Tom Jones, 80, has revealed he was taught to “boo” Winston Churchill when he was younger. The star recalled heckling the politician when he appeared on screen in the cinema.
The One More Cup Of Coffee hitmaker explained that as his dad was a Welsh miner, he “never forgave” the late Prime Minister for the impact he had on mining communities.
Sir Tom divulged during an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Today: “Growing up in Wales you see, because of the 1926 strike, when he [Winston Churchill] was Chancellor of the Exchequer, my father never forgave him.
“So when I was a kid and we used to go to the movies, [he’d appear on] the news reel… we were taught to boo Churchill and hooray for [Clement] Attlee.
“So I’m aware of politics in that way,” the singer added.
The strike was called by the General Council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
The TUC unsuccessfully attempted to force the British government to act to prevent wage reductions and worsening conditions for 1.2 million locked-out coal miners.
Despite Sir Tom’s admission about his reaction to politics in his youth, he is not keen to get involved in politics now due to his fame.
The performer explained: “That’s why the vote is always private.
“I wouldn’t want people to just follow me because of my status as a singer.
“For me as an entertainer, the way I look at it, I’m here to entertain.”
Elsewhere, Tom recently opened up on his age and how he is now beginning to “feel older”.
The Sex Bomb singer opened up on how his son Mark has spotted him carefully looking down at the floor when he walks.
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Sir Tom candidly explained that he does this because it would be “harder for me to get up now” due to his age.
However, Sir Tom also insisted he is not afraid of feeling older despite these changes.
The Voice coach divulged: “I’m aware of feeling older and I wanted to address it. I’m not frightened of it.
“I look down at the floor when I walk. My son says he’s noticed how when I’m walking I’m looking down a lot.
“I say that it’s because I don’t want to trip over, if I hit the floor, it’s harder for me to get up now than when I was young.”
Tom went on to address how he is feeling while preparing to release his first album since his late wife Linda’s death.
Sir Tom divulged in reference to the upcoming album: “It’s the first one without her so it’s very important to me.”
Linda tragically died of incurable lung cancer in 2016.
Sir Tom told The Sun that recording the album has been helpful in his grief recovery process and he is now looking forward to performing his new songs on tour.
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