Sheffield music icon Paul Heaton to buy fans drinks at 60 pubs to celebrate 60th birthday

Sheffield musical icon Paul Heaton has said he will buy fans drinks at 60 different pubs across the UK tomorrow to celebrate his 60th birthday.

By Darren Burke
Sunday, 8th May 2022, 3:00 pm

The former Housemartins and Beautiful South frontman wants fans to be able to join him in the celebrations – and has announced plans to put money behind the bar at a number of different bars.

Writing on Facebook he said: “To celebrate my 60th birthday on Monday, I’d originally intended to do another bicycle tour, visiting and performing at 60 pubs across the UK and Ireland.

"However, due to recording delays caused by the pandemic, I’ve had to shelve these plans for the time being.

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Paul Heaton is getting the drinks in to celebrate his 60th birthday.

"Instead, I’ve decided that the next best way to celebrate this coming of age is to handpick 60 pubs across the UK and Ireland and put a given amount of money behind the bar of each one.

"Then, both regulars and yourselves can enjoy a birthday drink on me – until the money runs out, or the bar runs dry!

"The hope is to bring people together on the day, whilst recognising that many folk who bought my records or showed me support over the years, could do with a wee party, as we come out of Covid and hit potential financial struggles.

"Ff there’s one near you please head over on Monday, show your support and raise a toast to me on my birthday!”

Born in Cheshire, at the age of four his family relocated to Sheffield.

While living in Sheffield, Heaton became interested in football, and while his elder brothers elected to watch Sheffield Wednesday, Heaton chose to support Sheffield United.

Later in his life, he moved to Hull where he formed The Housemartins, famed for hits such as Happy Hour and Caravan of Love.

The Beautiful South was his next musical project, again scoring huge chart success with hits such as A Little Time, Don’t Marry Her, Perfect 10 and Rotterdam.

In recent years, he has teamed up with former Beautiful South singer Jacqui Abbott for a string of successful albums with the pair due to perform at Doncaster’s Eco Power Stadium this summer.