Chance in a million to meet the king of romance

Thirty years ago this month Engelbert Humperdinck, the 1960s crooner, paid a promotional visit to Havant Hypermarket (now ASDA) to promote Universal Spaceframes, a pvc firm from Stubbington, near Fareham.

Saturday, 28th May 2016, 6:00 am
Pat Chrystal (left) and her friend Valerie Wallis with Engelbert Humperdinck.

Sixty fans were waiting for the superstar who arrived an hour late.

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He had driven in his Rolls Royce from his home in Leicester for the one-off visit.

Two women who made a point of meeting their hero were Pat Chrystal and her friend Valerie Wallis.

‘It was a chance in a million,’ breathed a hesitant Mrs Chrystal at the time. ‘I just dumped everything at home to come and meet Engel.’