A LEGENDARY organist has been heralded by city dignitaries for his almost 60-year career in showbiz.

Saltdean-based entertainer John Mann was the guest of honour at a Mayoral Reception in Brighton Town Hall on Friday to celebrate his remarkable career, which has seen him share the stage with some of the country’s best known entertainers including Bob Monkhouse, Arthur Askey and Max Bygraves.

Mr Mann described the event as “a splendid occasion” which he was able to share with 40 invited guests travelling from all over the country.

The 76-year-old was presented with a certificate of achievement marking his services to music and culture in the city of Brighton and Hove by current mayor, Councillor Lynda Hyde.

She said: “It was my absolute pleasure to welcome John and his friends to the parlour.

"It was immediately apparent how loved and respected he is and it was a treat to meet him.

“His speech in reply to mine was both hilarious and touching and really demonstrated his flair for entertaining; underscoring the reason for the length and success of his career.”