SINGING legend Sir Tom Jones wowed a crowd of more than 12,000 people as he performed a set of his iconic hits at Chester Racecourse on Sunday.

Not even a burst of torrential rain could dampen the spirits of the audience as they donned their ponchos and pulled up their hoods to enjoy music from support acts Jerry Williams and Into The Ark of the Voice.

Once the storm had passed the sun set over the Roodee and Sir Tom took centre stage, welcomed by thrilled cheers from his adoring fans.

The concert marked the end of his current tour and Sir Tom did not disappoint as he wowed the crowds for the final show.

The hit-maker belted out some of his most popular songs from across the decades including Delilah, Mama Told Me Not To Come, Sex Bomb and his famous cover of Randy Newman’s You Can Leave Your Hat On.

Sir Tom also performed some of the more recent material from his latest album, much to the delight of his fans.

Richard Thomas, CEO of Chester Race Company, said: “The event was a huge success and we are thrilled to have welcomed the thousands of fans to the Roodee for an unforgettable evening of entertainment.

“Sir Tom’s performance was outstanding and he brought something very special to Chester.”

Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Live, producer and promoter, said: “The Racecourse is a beautiful setting for an outdoor concert and Sunday night’s event proved that.

“We have established a long-term partnership with Chester Racecourse and will be working together going forwards to bring more incredible music to the Roodee, utilising everything we have learned together to improve customer experience.”

She added: “Sir Tom thoroughly enjoyed his final show of the tour and was overwhelmed by the welcome he received and the fantastic atmosphere at Chester.”

n Sir Tom’s show in Chester was originally scheduled for July 19 but he had to cancel at the last minute after he was admitted to hospital with a bacterial infection.

Feedback from fans seemed to indicate he was well and truly over any illness on Sunday with many saying he had never sounded better.