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Child sex claims 'a blip': Cliff Richard

AAP logoAAP 31/10/2016 Alexandra Patrikios

Cliff Richard has described the last two years of his life as a "blip" as he made his first major television appearance since an investigation into child sex allegations was dropped.

The singer walked the red carpet at the Pride of Britain Awards, which honour the UK's unsung heroes.

He said he was "bounding with energy" to be making his major first television appearance since an investigation into child sex allegations was dropped.

The veteran singer, who has launched legal action against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police for alleged collusion in the case, retreated from public life during the two-year probe that saw albums and a biography postponed.

The 76-year-old said: "When you go through something like the last two years in my life, you realise how lucky you are really.

"That's just a blip in my life, really."

He also told Sky News: "I've leant on my faith for two years and I would not have it any other way. My faith stayed strong and now it's stronger.

"I do believe God has a part to play in the fact that I'm still here and people still like me - it's a miracle to me after all these years."

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