Tony Blackburn ‘sad’ to miss receiving award due to health battle

BBC Radio 2 star Tony Blackburn, 80, has expressed his “sadness” over having to miss out on receiving an award at last night’s ARIAS due to ill health.

The beloved presenter described his gratitude for being honoured at the prestigious event nonetheless in view of his 106,800 Twitter followers last night.

Posting a promotional image from the Audio and Radio Industry Awards, he wrote: “This evening I received The Radio Pioneer Award at #UKARIAS from @radioacademy.

“But sadly I was not able to be there as I am still recovering,” he added in reference to his recent health troubles.

“Thanks so much for this amazing honour from the industry I love being a part of. I hope you all had a lovely evening.”

Tony’s followers took to the comments section to send messages of support, with Gina writing: “Sending best wishes. I hope you are much better soon.”

While Simon penned: “Fantastic! You are the voice of my generation – and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Ken commented: “You are one of the best Tony and have entertained me since Radio Caroline.

“You deserve the award and the recognition for the skill and dedication you have. Look forward to when you return.”

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Carlos wrote: “You know how special you are to so many of us in this profession Tony. Well deserved. Hope the recovery is progressing in the right direction.”

“Thoroughly deserved too,” Duncan added. “I hope you feel better soon Tony – radio needs you!”

Tony has been forced to postpone a number of dates due to his ongoing health issues, including his Sounds of the ’60s tour, on order to focus on his recovery.

The presenter was inundated with support a few weeks ago after he shared a health update with his fans on social media.

The former BBC Radio 1 DJ tweeted: “Hello folks. Just to let you all know, I’ve had a little recurrence of the chest infection I had a few weeks ago.

“My Dr has told me off for not taking some time to recover properly so I am having a break from the radio this weekend,” he continued.

“And, sadly, I have had to postpone the Sounds of the 60s shows at Swindon and Redhill next week too.

“New dates are already in the diary though and I really do hope to be back with you soon,” he added on a more positive note. (sic)

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