No more calendars for Sir Cliff

Pop veteran Sir Cliff Richard has quit the pin-up parade and announced he is not going to release another of his best-selling calendars because it is too much "pressure".

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Sir Cliff Richard says producing another calendar is too much "pressure"

Pop veteran Sir Cliff Richard has quit the pin-up parade and announced he is not going to release another of his best-selling calendars because it is too much "pressure".

Fans of the wholesome heart-throb regularly rush to the shops to buy his calendars full of pictures of the Young Ones singer.

The 2014 calendar has an American theme with pictures of Sir Cliff wearing cowboy boots perched on the bonnet of a car and another of him walking down railway tracks with a guitar on his back, while this year's showed the 73-year-old flaunting his six-pack on a jetski.

But he told chatshow host Graham Norton that the 35th calendar would be his last.

He said: " I am not going to do any more. How many shapes can I pull with this body? It's a pressure."

Sir Cliff is said to have sold more than 1.5 million calendars over his career and regularly features in the top 10 lists alongside younger rivals like One Direction.

But he refused to rule out retiring completely, telling Norton: " I think I am still loving it. I wish I could stop and sometimes when I stop for a few months I think if I never sang again I wouldn't mind. But then someone suggests a project and I'm like, 'Oh yeah, I can do that', and you are back in the run again."

He is joined on the BBC chatshow by other guests including Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Berry and Harry Hill.

:: The Graham Norton Show is on BBC1 tonight at 10.35pm.