MEL HAGUE Message to friends and fans date – 7/8/04
There are some rumours flying around that I've had a heart attack, a serious life-threatening operation, been run down by a Blackpool Flying Saucer and at least one that I'm dead.
Actually, I've just spent 10 days in Doncaster Royal Infirmary suffering with 2 swollen discs in my lower back that took away my mobility completely. And the medication from my GP made me very ill before I went into the DRI. But as you know I'm a fighter and I promised myself to live to be a 100 because they reckon they'll colonise Mars by 2040 and I really want to see that. Besides, I haven't tormented everybody enough yet.
I am now using a wheel chair to get about out doors and a walking frame indoors and my future prospects of mobility recovery do not look good so I have decided to end my career in country music once and for all. If I get knocked back again like this it just wouldn't be fair to be cancelling bookings all over again and to be quite honest I've been singing for 42 years and I've really had enough.
I know I made this announcement about 3 years ago and then carried on in a greatly reduced capacity but this time I won't be able to change my mind. It's the end of the road and, in some ways, I'm quite relieved.
I want to thank all of you who have supported me over the years and I've been quite overwhelmed by the cards and letters. I've been out of hospital a week now and I'm still getting mail re-directed from the DRI. You really are a wonderful bunch of good, caring people.
I've enjoyed my career in country music as an entertainer, singer/songwriter and broadcaster and I have had some really wonderful moments. I've also made a lot of very dear friends amongst fans and peers alike.
It saddens me greatly that I won't be going on stage to sing anymore as singing has been the joy of my life but while the voice is still as good as ever (so they tell me) the old legs have decided they want to take early retirement. My wife, Ivy, is also saddened that I've had to give it up; she has always been my biggest fan and supporter but she also worried terribly about me over the years. It's a great relief for her that I'm coming off the road.
I have recently had 2 of my novels published by Paul Mould Publishing of Boston, Lincs: TWISTED RIVER, my third western and a horror novel called THE GREY MAN and I'm looking forward to (fingers crossed) a career of some degree as a novelist. Paul Mould is also going to Publish TO HELL WITH THE BADGE, my first western and he's interesting in a Sci Fi novel I'm writing called HARVEST. So the old adage “As one door closes, another opens” is looking like the real thing for me.
I would especially like to thank my very good friend, John Tye who has been everywhere with me these last few years and made it possible for me to carry on as long as I did.
Depending on my mobility, I may see some of you at one or two venues in a visiting capacity but my entertaining days are over.
I wish all of you all the very best and at the risk of sounding corny – Keep It Country and thanks a million for all the wonderful memories.