SPANDAU Ballet frontman Tony Hadley tried his hand at busking with an unannounced acoustic performance in Bournemouth.

The eighties star stunned shoppers by performing two of Spandau Ballet’s greatest hits ‘True’ and ‘Gold’ in the middle of the shopping precinct at Christchurch Road.

The performance was to promote Bournemouth’s Wheels Festival, which starts on Saturday, and Mr Hadley’s concert at the Pavilion Theatre in October.

He arrived in a Rolls Royce Phantom and performed alongside it and a classic 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom One. He was soon surrounded by a large crowd of people all taking photos and videos on their camera phones.

Afterwards, he said: “I’ve never done anything like this in my life before. This is kind of busking in the truest sense. I must get myself down to Covent Garden when I haven’t got any gigs.

“It’s been very, very different but good fun. It’s nice for people to stop and sit for a while in their lunch break – a unique experience.

“I didn’t realise I would be singing in the street, literally with just an amp and a microphone. But these things sometimes when they’re done on the spur of the moment are much more fun than when it’s pre-arranged.”