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Last Updated: Monday, 29 March, 2004, 06:21 GMT 07:21 UK
Vancouver declares Tom Jones Day
Tom Jones
The 'Valleys voice' is performing in the city on Tuesday
A Canadian city has declared Monday Tom Jones Day in tribute to the Welsh star.

The mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, issued the ceremonial proclamation as a reward for the singer's fundraising for a local charity.

The 63-year-old star is the top guest at a fundraising dinner in the evening and performs on stage in the city on Tuesday as part of his latest tour.

He said he was "chuffed" to be honoured.

Jones - who has said he has given up wearing tight leather trousers and picking up the underwear his fans throw on stage - used to film a television show in Vancouver.

He has helped the charity, Face The World, since it was founded in 1991 to help underprivileged groups.

The city's Mayor, Larry Campbell decided to declare Tom Jones Day.

Mr Jones said he had many fond associations with Vancouver and was always pleased to lend a hand with fundraising efforts when he could.

He said it was great that he had been given the recognition and was looking forward to thanking everyone.

A spokesman for Vancouver City Council said: "It's because he has been very helpful to a local charity here called Face The World.

'High rollers'

"We thought that, as a performance artist and for his contribution to the city, it was only appropriate that we recognise him with this.

"I believe he is the first non-Vancouverite to have received a proclamation.

"He will be at a charity event where there will be a lot of high rollers who will be chipping in to charity when they might not normally be."

Jones plays at the restored Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday.

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