Ray is in North Wales next week as part of the British Legends
of Rhythm and Blues tour when he will share the stage with Long John Baldry, Zoot Money,Paul Williams, Ronnie Johnson, Colin Hodgkinson,Colin and Gary Foot.
Reigning Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, British legends
Greg Rusedski and Virginia Wade and a host of tennis legends and rising stars of the ATP and WTA circuits will take part in the tournament.
And young visitors can also enjoy hands-on fun and activities based around a host of traditional British legends
over the summer.
And as he prepared to head north he admitted he now feels ready to step out of the shadows of the British legends
that have gone before.
Both British legends
were great Ryder Cup players in better-ball games but Lyle, in particular, has been so lacking in success at any level for so long that it is hard to know how he will cope if they were to hit the front on Sunday.
of R 'n' B (Long John Baldry, Ray Dorset), Newcastle City Hall - (0191) 232-0007.
He joins the pantheon of British legends
to win on home soil comprising Sir Stirling Moss, Peter Collins, Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, John Watson, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert and David Coulthard.
Gene Vincent was an idol for many future rock 'n' roll stars; Billy Fury struts his stuff on stage; Eddie Cochran at the 1960 NME Poll Winners Concert, Wembley; British legends
Lonnie Donegan; and, left, Cliff Richard; Shane Fenton, born Bernard Jewry, and later to become Alvin Stardust; Bill Haley and the Comets; Sister Rosetta Tharpe was supported by George Melly on her 1957 tour