Sir Tom Jones announces special shows to mark his 80th birthday year

Sir Tom Jones has announced a number of special shows to mark 55 years since the release of his debut single 'It's Not Unusual' and his 80th birthday.

Writing on Twitter, the Welsh singer said: "2020 is going to be a very special year for me! ⁣⁣It marks 55 years since the release of my debut single It’s Not Unusual and of course my 80th birthday in June. ⁣⁣

"To mark the occasion, my band and I will be playing some special shows this year, let’s celebrate!"

The 79-year-old pop legend later shared the details of his "first UK summer shows", which includes six concerts between June and August 2020 in Hull, Darlington, Plymouth, Kent, Carlisle and Norwich.

Fans were quick to ask whether Sir Tom would also be announcing a gig in Wales.

"Surely bringing it on home to Cymru Tom???", said one of his Twitter followers.

"No Welsh date... I'm hoping you announce a Welsh date for the 6th June the day before your birthday", said another.

Sir Tom Jones has had 36 UK Top 40 singles over the course of his career Credit: PA

Born in Treforest, Pontypridd, Sir Tom soared to fame in 1965 when 'It's Not Unusual' reached number 1 in the UK and US music charts.

Over the course of his career, he has had 36 Top 40 singles, including 'What's New Pussycat?', 'Delilah' and 'Sex Bomb'.