| Nottingham Evening Post |
February 18, 1989
All Pet lovers
By Tony Moss
It was a long time coming - almost two hours after the show had started, and into encore time. and, even then it was the "experimental" version she'd never tried before in front of a live audience. But it was "Downtown" that the fans had come to hear, and the mop-haired blonde with a barrow-load of energy delivered it superbly, experimental or not.
Experimental? It was hardly different from the hit that launched Pet Clark into the charts and worldwide fame all those years ago.
Sprightly as ever - and she's now a remarkable 56 - she romped through her catalogue of successes that owes so much to the songwriting talents of Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent - "Don't Sleep in the Subway," "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love," "Call Me," as well as "Downtown."
And then there was a potted biography as she took a musical trip through her days as a child film star followed by Hollywood, living in France, marriage and three children - slightly embarrassing stuff but it brought bouquets of fresh flowers and adoring applause from an appreciative audience.
She danced with Fred Astaire in Finians's Rainbow - cue for a bit of Irish brogue and "How are Things in Glocca Morra?" She was a friend of John Lennon's - his death was "such a waste." She had tea with Charlie Chaplin - bring on "This is My Song" from The Countess of Hong Kong.
And she's hoping to stage a new musical- cue for another "first," a song on the theme of "home."
Petula Clark is a heartwarming performer. Long may she go on.