AN iconic British band with a strong East Lancashire connection have announced a rescheduled UK tour to mark their 60th anniversary.

The Hollies, featuring Nelson-born guitarist Tony Hicks and Burnley drummer Bobby Elliott, were originally due to tour this autumn but have moved the dates to 2022.

“We felt like this is something no other band gets to do, celebrate six decades together, 60 years of this band and these songs means so much to us and so many others,” says Tony Hicks, the band’s original guitar player.

Bobby Elliott added: “We’re incredibly excited performing for everyone on what will be some of the most special shows in the history of The Hollies.”

Celebrated as one of the most influential bands from the 1960s alongside the likes of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the Hollies have had over 20 world-wide hits, including number one singles in both the US and UK. They have spent an astonishing 263 weeks in the UK top 40 official singles chart, and have been performing continuously since their formation in 1962.

The 60th anniversary tour will see The Hollies performing their best known hits including He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, ‘The Air That I Breathe Bus Stop and Carrie-Anne.

The band originally formed by Graham Nash and Allan Clarke also included Brierfield-born Bernie Calvert on bass for many years.

The Hollies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

As well as Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott, the current line-up includes lead singer Peter Howarth, bass player Ray Stiles, keyboardist Ian Parker, and Steve Lauri on rhythm guitar.

As part of the anniversary tour they play the Lowry, Salford Quays on June 14 nest year. All previously purchased tickets are still valid for the new dates.