Internet campaign urging Newton’s Rick Astley to run for US presidency

Vote for Rick Astley
Vote for Rick Astley

The Rickrolling phenomenon has taken a rather new turn, as fans are campaigning for him to become the next US President.

Super fan Emil Kaminski posted this graphic on Facebook, making a plea for voters to install Rick Astley as the next leader of America, ahead of the likes of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton.

It is a powerful and very moving song about the pain of hope that these families feel, and I am proud to have sung on it

Rick Astley

And in return for “likes” on Hongkong Hike’n’Fly on Facebook, people would be entered in a competition to win a paragliding trip for two.

The poster lists a number of reason why voters should vote for Rick, despite the fact that his being born in England and holding a British passport disqualifies him for being a candidate.

The tongue-in-cheek poster lists the things Astley would never do if he made to the White House.

The slogan boast the singer would never; give you uo, let you know, run around, or hurt you, in a reference to his 1987 smash hit Never Gonna Give You Up.

Meanwhile, the former Newton-le-Willows singer is to join a host of other 80s singers at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer. He will perform his famous Never Gonna Give You Up song at the nostalgic Legends of Pop event in August. Other stars include Jason Donovan and Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley. And Tony said he could not wait to be reunited with Rick.

He told The Mail: “I can’t wait to come and get on stage. Me, Rick and Jason will be backstage having a beer and having fun but when you get on stage that’s the ultimate reward.”

Rick has also recently joined other stars to sing alongside the Missing People Choir to launch a charity single - I Hope - for International Missing Children’s Day last week.

He said: “It is a powerful and very moving song about the pain of hope that these families feel, and I am proud to have sung on it. I hope people get behind this and help these families reach out to their missing children.”