Granddaughter Surprises 89-Year-Old Die-Hard Tom Jones Fan With Tickets

Meet the die-hard Tom Jones fan who stole the show when she saw the Welsh singer perform for the seventh time - at the age of 89.

Sheila Sugden, who sleeps with a cut out of the "Delilah" singer in her bedroom, was left stunned after her grandaughter, Lori Walker, got her a ticket to the concert in Halifax, England.

The superfan became the real star at the gig last week when she went armed with a sign reading: "I'm 89 and still your No. 1 fan! Love you Tom."

Sheila Sugden at Tom Jones concert
Sheila Sugden, 89, holds up her handmade sign for the Tom Jones concert. Her granddaughter, Lori Walker, surprised her with a ticket to the show, her seventh Tom Jones concert. SWNS/Zenger

The grandmother, who has 11 grandkids, first began bopping to Jones' music in 1965 after he stormed the charts with his first hit single "It's Not Unusual."

Walker, 25, said Sugden had an "absolute blast" at her most recent concert after a group of ladies got her to the front of the stage, despite her being in a wheelchair.

Walker said Sugden's face was full of "pure joy as the 82-year-old pop singer began belting out her favorite tracks - including 'Green Green Grass of Home.'"

Tom Jones at Hyde Park in London
Singer Tom Jones performs at one of the ''Route of Kings'' series of concerts on July 26, 2001, in Hyde Park in London. Die-hard fan Sheila Sugden, 89, got to see the Welsh singer perform for a seventh time when he made a stop in Halifax, England, on Sunday, July 17, 2022. Sion Touhig/Getty Images

"I've never seen anyone's face with so much pure joy. It was absolutely beautiful. She had an absolute blast," Walker said. "I couldn't even look at Tom Jones, I was looking at my nan the whole way through, but she loved 'Green Grass,' 'Sex Bomb' and 'Pussy Cat.'"

Walker said other concertgoers wanted to take photos with her grandmother and her cheeky sign.

"Everyone there was looking at the sign, and just kept on saying, 'Can we take a picture of you and your nan? That's amazing,'" Walker said."It was just really, really beautiful. It was a phenomenal night, and my nan had an amazing time."

Sugden thanked her granddaughter for getting her to the concert and said seeing Jones perform again was "a dream come true."

Tom Jones at National Television Awards
Singer Tom Jones attends the National Television Awards on January 25, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. Die-hard fan Sheila Sugden, 89, got to see the Welsh singer perform for a seventh time when he made a stop in Halifax, England, on Sunday, July 17, 2022. Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

Jones was born in South Wales in 1940 to a father who worked in the coal mines. After dropping out of school to pursue music, Jones rose to stardom in the mid 1960s with a series of top-10 pop hits.

As Jones' style evolved to include blues and R&B, the performer became friends with other stars of the time, including Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin.

He went on to dabble in TV, hosting a variety show in the early 1980s that featured other singers such as Chaka Khan and Donny Osmond, and appearing as a judge on The Voice UK, a singing competition TV show.

Jones was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005. The pop icon has appeared dozens of times in Las Vegas and still tours regularly.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.