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Ruby Appeal

Engelbert Humperdinck in BBC Leicester's studio

Engelbert wears wristband

By Linda Wickstrom, Guest Contributor
Romantic singer Engelbert Humperdinck wears his heart on his wrist in support of BBC Radio Leicester's Ruby Rainbow Appeal. Listen to our interviews with the legend here...

Although he leads a busy life Engelbert Humperdinck proves that there is always time for a charitable cause.

Engelbert, who has just fought seven feet of snow on the American East coast to get back to his home in Great Glen in Leicestershire, this year celebrates his 40 years of success in the charts.

Listen to BBC Radio Leicester's Tony Wadsworth's interview with Engelbert here...

BBC Radio Leicester, which this year too is turning an admirable 40 years, is celebrating the occasion with its Ruby Rainbow Appeal to raise £400,000 for the Rainbow Hospice in Loughborough.

Engelbert Humperdinck with wristband
Engelbert wearing his funky wristband

The busy "King of Romance", who makes a short stop in Leicester before leaving for a tour in Florida does however have time for another veteran in the entertainment business.

Although Tony feels slightly uncomfortable reminding Engelbert about his 40 years in the business, our "King" is happy to celebrate the anniversary.

Engelbert has had many hits throughout the years, such as "Release me" and "Can't take my eyes off of you", selling him around 150 million records.

Engelbert's big heart

This Leicestershire local also remembers meeting another king - the great Elvis Presley. "He was a very warm person," Engelbert says. His visit to BBC Leicester does, however, make it obvious that Engelbert too is a man with a big heart.

Elvis Presley

Apart from visiting the Rainbow Hospice where he was singing and playing the ukulele, Engelbert is now also taking part in the Ruby Rainbow Appeal by wearing the Rainbow wristband - which appropriately enough comes in all the colours of the rainbow (all in one wristband!).

Surely no one will be able to take their eyes off of Engelbert now!

If you too want to join the latest fashion trend, and support the Ruby Rainbow Appeal at the same time, come to BBC Leicester at 9 St Nicholas Place, LE1 5LB and get your own wristband. It only costs £1 to be like Engelbert!

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