Scrubbed from last night's bill at Warners Bembridge Hotel on the Isle of Wight to focus on his treatment for cancer, Jet Harris nevertheless made a mighty, impromptu appearance, reports Nathan J. Hulse.
"Even though he wasn't getting paid, he still made the effort to turn up and watch us. He performed Theme for Something Really Important and his No. 1, Diamonds. Just two songs, but the crowd gave him a standing ovation. I think they saw the great effort Jet put in to be there. He clearly wasn't feeling in tip-top condition, but that didn't stop him putting in a sterling performance.
"Well done, Jet. He expects to be back on form and the road next year. We look forward to it."
From eyewitness Audrey Knapp, commenting on the ShadowMusic forum: "... the audience were thrilled when Colin Pryce-Jones announced that Jet hadn't wanted to let them down, despite being unwell... Jet got up on stage to cheers from the audience... It was a very emotional moment for everyone. Jet's partner, Janet, and I both had tears in our eyes to see Jet back where he belongs. Even though Jet is feeling very weak and still has more chemotherapy to undergo, he played brilliantly and everyone in the audience leapt to their feet to give Jet a much deserved standing ovation. When Jet came back to sit down at our table he, too, was almost in tears. A very special night! What a trooper!"
NB: Details on the show's audio set-up and peculiar issues at Nathan's The Rapiers Sound blog... Frustratingly fascinating, year-old Daily Mail article on reunited Shadows not inviting Jet to 2009-2010 tour with Sir Cliff Richard.