Curry and concerts for Sir Cliff at 70

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Veteran popstar Sir Cliff Richard has celebrated his 70th birthday with a private party and a day off from performing.

The Peter Pan of pop is currently in the middle of a series of birthday gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

He said: "For the 70th, even when it comes to a birthday party, I'm not going to have a big party on the day. I say I'm going to have a quiet night and what I'm going to do is I've got one of my sisters who lives quite close is going to come over with my niece, my nephew and another niece, and a baby, and her husband, and we're going to have an Indian curry."

Sir Cliff has been performing at the Royal Albert Hall singing a crowd-pleasing set that includes hits like Devil Woman and We Don't Talk Anymore.

The singer was born Harry Webb in Lucknow, India, on October 14, 1940 - seven years before his family moved to Britain after Indian independence.

He was knighted in 1995, the first rock star to be so honoured.