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Sir Bruce Forsyth: I'm living 'on borrowed time'

Sir Bruce Forsyth believes he is living "on borrowed time" and says the relentless schedule of Strictly Come Dancing "can drag you down".

Bruce Forsyth says he is "living on borrowed time". Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

But despite feeling his age, the 85-year-old TV presenter, who first appeared on Sunday Night At The London Palladium in 1958, said he would not be retiring just yet, even if the hit BBC show might not be part of his long-term future.

Sir Bruce told The Sun (£): "The constant week-after-week can drag you down, especially when you are getting older."

"I know I'm on borrowed time. There's no getting away from it. When I look at all my friends that have gone - Eric Sykes, Frankie Howerd, Sammy Davis Jr - I know I'm on borrowed time".

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Sir Bruce Forsyth: Glastonbury audience 'sensational'

Sir Bruce performs in the Avalon stage
Sir Bruce performs in the Avalon stage Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Sir Bruce Forsyth says his performance on the Avalon stage at Glastonbury Festival was one of the "best experiences of my career".

The 85-year-old, who danced his way on stage to the Strictly Come Dancing theme tune, invited members of the public to join him on stage to perform to the 2,500 crowd.

"We were getting laughs where we don't usually get laughs. They were sensational," he said.

"I'm a bit shocked now because I didn't expect it to affect me so much. It was so emotional at the end; I wanted to grab them and give them a big hug because they were so happy and so friendly."

"I felt the same as Mick Jagger. He wasn't asked before either," he joked.

"It's been a wonderful week - in fact it's been a great year, ever since the knighthood it's been a wonderful time in my life and I wonder why I deserve it," he said. "I think I'm very lucky."

Sir Bruce Forsyth to take to the stage at Glastonbury

Sir Bruce Forsyth will join the Rolling Stones and Dizzee Rascal by performing at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

The 85-year-old is expected to entertain festivalgoers with songs from his solo album These Are My Favourites.

Sir Bruce will take to the stage at this year's Glastonbury.

Writing in the Daily Mail, he said the one-man show was "A bit of singing, a bit of dancing, a bit of piano (a lot of people don't know I play piano) and an awful lot of laughter, I hope".

The showbiz veteran might seem an unlikely addition to the line-up, but Glastonbury has a history of unusual acts.

The Wombles played the festival in 2011 - sparking speculation that organisers had made a mistake and were meant to book Liverpudlian indie rockers The Wombats

Sir Bruce: Eddie Braben 'the third man of the comedy'

Sir Bruce Forsyth, who worked with Eddie Braben on Play Your Cards Right, has paid tribute to the "fantastic" sketch writer saying he will be "sorely missed":

This is sad news, it really is. He was a fantastic writer.

What he did for Eric (Morecambe) and Ernie (Wise) was incredible.

He was the third man of the comedy.

I wish I could have been doing the kind of shows he had written.

His jokes and style of writing will be sorely missed in the business.

– Sir Bruce Forsyth

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Sir Bruce Forsyth to play Hop Farm Music Festival

Sir Bruce Forsyth
Sir Bruce Forsyth Credit: PA

Sir Bruce Forsyth has signed up to share a stage with Bob Dylan, Suede and Primal Scream at this year's Hop Farm Music Festival.

The veteran entertainer is performing with his big band at the festival in Paddock Wood, Kent.

Its organiser, Vince Power, said: "I am honoured to have the legend that is Sir Bruce come down and make his debut appearance at the Hop Farm this year.

"Not only has he never appeared at a festival, he's never been to a festival. He has been in this business for over 70 years and is a true, true legend, he will be the talking point of the festival."

The three-day independent festival, which has a back-to-basics style, starts on July 29.

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