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Neil Diamond announces retirement from touring

PUBLISHED: 11:50 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:58 23 January 2018

Neil Diamond concert  at Portman. Picture: JOHN KERR

Neil Diamond concert at Portman. Picture: JOHN KERR

The US musician, who performed at Ipswich’s Portman Road in 2005, has cancelled shows after Parkinson’s diagnosis.

Neil Diamond concert  at Portman road last month. Picture: JOHN KERR Neil Diamond concert at Portman road last month. Picture: JOHN KERR

Neil Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, said in a statement: “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring.

“I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years.

“My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.

“I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.

Can you see yourself or someone you know in the audience? Picture: JOHN KERR Can you see yourself or someone you know in the audience? Picture: JOHN KERR

“My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”

The onset of the disease is said to have made it “difficult” for Diamond to “travel and perform on a large-scale basis”.

The Sweet Caroline singer filled the Portman Road stadium on May 26, 2005.

Around 17,000 people attended the two-hour concert where he sung most of his hits.

Can you see yourself or someone you know in the audience? Picture: JOHN KERR Can you see yourself or someone you know in the audience? Picture: JOHN KERR

Did you attend the Portman Road show? If so, email your memories here.

Can you see yourself or someone you know in the audience? Picture: JOHN KERR Can you see yourself or someone you know in the audience? Picture: JOHN KERR

Can you see yourself or someone you know in the audience? Picture: JOHN KERR Can you see yourself or someone you know in the audience? Picture: JOHN KERR

Can you see yourself or someone you know in the audience? Picture: JOHN KERR Can you see yourself or someone you know in the audience? Picture: JOHN KERR

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