POOLE-raised DJ Tony Blackburn has sent a personal Twitter message to the Regent in Christchurch as the centre becomes the only venue to be given a second night on his national tour.

The BBC Radio 2 Sounds of the 60s Show, hosted by the legendary disc jockey on Sunday, October 20 at 7.30pm, sold out within a matter of days of going on sale.

Now centre spokesman Gary Theobald has confirmed that a second night has been added on Sunday, December 1, at 7.30pm.

“Every week, more than a million people tune in to Radio 2 to hear Tony Blackburn wax lyrical about the biggest stars of the 60s – with stories and songs from this most loved decade, so this is a chance to spend the evening with Tony, as he brings Sounds of the 60s from the studio direct to the stage at the Regent.”

Tony Blackburn spent his formative years growing up in Bournemouth from the age of three. He attended Castle Court School and later enrolled on an HND in business studies at Bournemouth Technical College.

Tony’s career in the music business began as a singer with the band Tony Blackburn & the Rovers, which also included Bournemouth’s other music star, Al Stewart.

It was during the Swinging Sixties that Tony first achieved fame, initially on the airwaves of the pirate stations Radio Caroline and Radio London. Tony played the first ever record to be broadcast on the new BBC1 station – Flowers in the Rain by The Move. Tony was also a regular host on BBC TV show Top of the Pops for a decade until 1979.More recently, apart from his work for the BBC Radio 2, Tony has also presented shows for a number of other local and national stations including Capital Gold, BBC Radio London and other BBC local radio stations. In September 2002. He was the first ever winner of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

* Tickets: £29.50. To book, see regentcentre.co.uk