After taking a break from the entertainment world, Patti Newton has returned to the stage to deliver a touching performance in tribute to her late husband Bert Newton.
Patti appeared alongside David Hobson and Harrison Craig for John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra’s Mother’s Day Concert on Sunday, May 8.
The 77 year old took to the stage of Hammer Hall to perform heartfelt renditions of Unforgettable, One Day At A Time, Wind Beneath My Wings in dedication to her late husband as a video montage played of special moments between Bert and Patti. Many in the audience were brought to tears by the moving performance.
Event Director and Longtime friend of the Newton family, John Foreman told the Herald Sun he was “absolutely thrilled” when Patti agreed to perform with the orchestra.
“I would like to imagine Bert is cheering her on from above saying ‘you go get them, you will be fabulous’,” he said.
“I think she was possibly a bit reluctant at first to get on stage but I think it is important to remember she is a fabulous singer and a wonderful performer.”
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“It’s a really odd feeling,” she said.
“I’m very lucky. I have a beautiful daughter Lauren and six grandkids that keep me very busy. And we always talk about him a lot. I think because he’s very much present in the house and everywhere we go, it does help.
“I think he’s sort of here with me, and he will always be. And I didn’t want him to suffer anymore, so I probably am relieved that he’s in a safe place and resting peacefully and he’s still surrounded by a lot of love.
“That’s what gets me through.”
Bert Newton passed away on October 30, 2021, at age 83. Both the Australian public and the entertainment world mourned the entertainment legend following the sad news. Newton died after a long battle with declining health and was undergoing palliative care at a private clinic in Melbourne when he passed away.
Albert Watson Newton, AM, MBE, was born in 1938 and quickly discovered his love of entertaining. At the age of 11 made his first radio debut on 3XY before making the move to broadcast television. From the early ‘60s to the late ‘90s, he was the face of a number of popular TV shows including The Late Show, In Melbourne Tonight, The Don Lane Show, New Faces, The Bert Newton Show and Tonight with Bert Newton.