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Des O’Connor, 87, appears in good spirits as he joins celebrity pals at Bonnie Lythgoe’s 70th

Des O’Connor, 87, makes a rare appearance as he joins his celebrity pals Bradley Walsh, Bruno Tonioli and Cliff Richard at Bonnie Lythgoe’s 70th

Des O’Connor appeared in good spirits as he celebrated Bonnie Lythgoe’s 70th birthday party at The Ivy in London with his celebrity pals earlier this week.

The presenter, 87, was joined by Bradley Walsh, Bruno Tonioli, Sir Cliff Richard, Linda Lusardi, Susan George, Joe Pasquale and Elaine Paige as he made a rare appearance at the star-studded bash.

Des attended the event with his wife, Brooke Wilson, 54, and looked smart in a navy blazer with a white shirt.

Legend: Des O'Connor (centre) appeared in good spirits as he celebrated Bonnie Lythgoe's 70th birthday party at The Ivy in London with his celebrity pals earlier this week

Legend: Des O’Connor (centre) appeared in good spirits as he celebrated Bonnie Lythgoe’s 70th birthday party at The Ivy in London with his celebrity pals earlier this week

Former Emmerdale star, Linda, took to Instagram to share the snap on Tuesday, she captioned it: ‘Great to see Des O’Conner @bradderswalsh @kev_orkian Joe Pascquale @toffee1968 and the Gang at Bonnie Lythgoes 70th Birthday Party x.’ 

While actress Susan also posted a picture of the group together, she penned: ‘Night to remember at the #elegant @ivyclublondon as my #stunning #schoolgirl friend @bonnie_lythgoe #celebrates with us one very special #birthday.’   

Fans were quick to comment on the snaps, with one person saying: ‘That’s like a who’s who of entertainment, wow, fantastic pic Susan. Xx.’

A different account put: ‘So lovely to see Des O’Connor in there xx.’

Fabulous: The presenter, 87 (centre), was joined by Bradley Walsh, Bruno Tonioli, Sir Cliff Richard, Linda Lusardi, Susan George, Joe Pasquale and Elaine Paige at the star-studded bash

Fabulous: The presenter, 87 (centre), was joined by Bradley Walsh, Bruno Tonioli, Sir Cliff Richard, Linda Lusardi, Susan George, Joe Pasquale and Elaine Paige at the star-studded bash 

Another fan commented: ‘Wow what a bunch of great talented people.’

While a different person added: ‘How Many Legends Can Fit In One picture.’ 

Des has had a successful career as a presenter with his hosting credits including Countdown, Today with Des and Mel and Des O’Connor Tonight.

Away from his presenting duties, the television legend also recorded 36 albums and even had a number one hit with his single I Pretend in 1968. 

Success: Des has had a successful career as a presenter with his hosting credits including Countdown, Today with Des and Mel and Des O'Connor Tonight (pictured in 1968)

Success: Des has had a successful career as a presenter with his hosting credits including Countdown, Today with Des and Mel and Des O’Connor Tonight (pictured in 1968) 

In 2017, Des shocked fans after revealing that a health scare left him in so much pain he struggled to speak at a show. 

The presenter sparked concern when he told Twitter fans he had been feeling unwell during Christmas. 

He posted the comment on social media before quickly deleting it, the legendary star also said he had suffered ill-health earlier that year. 

Legends: The presenter pictured with his former co-host Melanie Sykes in 2003 after winning a Royal Television Society Programme Award for their show Today With Des and Mel

Legends: The presenter pictured with his former co-host Melanie Sykes in 2003 after winning a Royal Television Society Programme Award for their show Today With Des and Mel

Des told fellow performer Jimmy Tarbuck he struggled to speak during a gig at the Opera House, Blackpool, in July 2017 due to a back problem.

After the message vanished from Twitter, fans immediately began posting goodwill messages to the star.

A spokeswoman for the entertainer said at the time he had been suffering from a virus but had since been ‘given the all clear’. 

Shock: In 2017, Des shocked fans after revealing that a health scare left him in so much pain he struggled to speak at a show (pictured with Mel in 2008)

Shock: In 2017, Des shocked fans after revealing that a health scare left him in so much pain he struggled to speak at a show (pictured with Mel in 2008) 

Daily Mail UK

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