Tom Jones says he was taught to ‘boo’ Winston Churchill as a child: ‘My father never forgave him’

Annabel Nugent
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Sir Tom Jones has said that he was taught to “boo” Winston Churchill when he was growing up.

The singer opened up about his childhood as the son of a Welsh miner during an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

He said: “Growing up in Wales, you see, because of the 1926 strike, when [Churchill] was Chancellor of the Exchequer, my father never forgave him.

“So when I was a kid and we used to go to the movies and [Churchill would appear] on the news reel, we were taught to boo Churchill and hooray for [Clement] Attlee,” he said. “So I’m aware of politics in that way.”

The Grammy-winner clarified that he did not want his status as a celebrity to make him into a political figure.

“That’s why my vote is always private. I wouldn’t want people to just follow me because of my status as a singer,” he said.

The 80-year-old added: “For me, as an entertainer, the way I look at it, I’m here to entertain.”

The “Delilah” singer also spoke about performing for former US president Donald Trump prior to his involvement in politics.

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“He would come to my shows, you see, and he would love to be in the audience. He would love to be introduced as the owner of the hotel. But I didn’t think that he was going to get into politics,” he said.

Jones opened up about the death of wife Linda in a new interview with The Independent, stating that he needed “grief counselling” after she died in April 2016.

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