Emouvante histoire que nous raconte cet Australien STAN SOBER dans le journal "THE CAIRNS POST". Il était alcoolique quand, en 1980, sa maman le conduisit à un concert de Cliff RICHARD. Il fut littéralement envoûté et séduit par Cliff lequel n'avait besoin d'aucune drogue ou alcool pour être si brillant sur scène. Au fil des années, Stan s'est désyntoxiqué allant voir celui qui était devenu son idole chaque fois qu'il prestait en Australie. Il a écrit une lettre à SCR, l'a rencontré, lui a raconté son histoire. Cliff était si heureux d'avoir été à la base de cette guérison et lui a dit: "Faites du bien chaque jour à une personne et votre vie sera réussie!". 30 ans après son premier concert, STAN a de nouveau admirer son "guérisseur" dans le "FINAL REUNION".
How Cliff Richard turned Stan sober
STAN Skinner was a drunk when he walked into a Cliff Richard concert 30 years ago, but by the end of the show he was determined to turn his life around.
Now with three decades of sobriety under his belt, the 58-year-old is about to celebrate his life-changing milestone at a concert of his idol in Brisbane this week.
Mr Skinner, of Mareeba, is the first person to admit that alcohol brought out the worst in him and he cannot wait to mark his triumph at the Final Reunion of Cliff Richard and his original band, The Shadows.
"I came out of that first concert and I knew that drinking was not for me," he said.
"When I got on the grog, I was like a maniac out of control.
"When I picked up the first one, I could not stop.
"Cliff Richard saved by life."
Before Mr Skinner’s turnaround at that concert in 1980, he was not even a Cliff Richard fan.
But an article in one of his mother’s Women’s Day magazines about the evergreen English rocker became a catalyst of change and it has led to him attending every Australian gig since.
"I wasn’t a fan before I went," he said.
"But when he walked on stage at that first concert and started to sing, it was electric.
"He doesn’t need drugs to get on stage and he manages to have everyone from young people to 80-year-olds up in the aisles singing and dancing – it’s brilliant."
Not only did Cliff Richard and his stage presence help Mr Skinner stay away from the bottle but he also passed on a few words of wisdom the Far Northerner continues to live by.
"I met him once," he said.
"I had written him a letter and told him my story and he remembered me.
"He asked me if I was still off the grog and I told him I was.
"He then told me, ‘help one person every day of your life and it will be worthwhile’, and I’ve never forgotten it."