Rick on board

Rick Astley
Rick Astley

HE doesn’t like flying, but Rick Astley will have to conquer his fear as he performs at Manchester Airport tonight.

The former Newton-le-Willows crooner will perform under the wings of Concorde at the inaugural Teenage Cancer Trust’s Fly Back To The 80s ball, alongside a host of other icons from the popular era.

Of course The Never Gonna Give You Up Singer will not have to board the plane, but the star has admitted he does not like flying, telling The Daily Telepgraph: “I’m a bit scared of it and don’t enjoy the experience. Back in the day, I could just jump on a plane and then just a moment later, you arrive at your destination. But now you have to be at the airport two hours beforehand just to get on a short-haul flight, and they make you feel like a mass-produced chicken in a factory.”

But that has not stopped him from travelling, across the globe.

He said: “I’ve been travelling somewhere nearly every weekend for gigs. This year I’ve been to South America (to Brazil, Chile and Argentina) and to Malaysia and Sydney. I crave a beach holiday more than anything these days. My wife, Lene Bausager, and I went to Oman in January and loved it. We only have one daughter, Emilie, and it feels weird when she’s not with us. She’s 22, so we’re still in the first few years of her not going away on holiday with us.”

Rick also remembers his first holidays as a child; “My family went to Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and Scotland. My dad loved Scotland so we would pile into his caravan and head for the Highlands, to Fort William and Loch Ness. It was such an adventure.”