HOMETOWN boy Rick Astley was on top form as he rocked Haydock Park Racecourse, performing a medley of 80s and recent hits.

The Newton icon had the crowd singing and dancing all night long, despite revealing he has become something of a ‘southern softie’.

After opening with This Old House, Astley gave in to demands for some 80s classics by performing Together Forever, which had racegoers swaying and singing along.

As well as his own songs, Astley admitted that he ‘loves to murder other people’s tunes’ before performing Rag’n’Bone Man’s Giants and AC/DC’s Highway to Hell.

He still showed his love for his hometown by stating: “I always get shivers when I come here because it’s where I grew up and where my heart is.”

The night would not be complete however without Never Gonna Give You Up, which as the last song of the set received the loudest cheer.

Fans received an extra treat with legendary producer Pete Waterman appearing on stage and Newton lad Astley promising to return sooner rather than later.