He braved the stage armed with only an acoustic guitar and keyboards to take his fans back to the days when their make-up was as dark and heavy as the music and they dressed entirely in black.

But this wasn’t a sombre occasion. In obvious high spirits and totally unfazed by the absence of his fellow musicians, Hussey pounded out The Mission’s major hits with such energy, dexterity and confidence that his fans soon felt able to test his stamina by demanding their own favourites like Butterfly on a Wheel, Severina and Tower of Strength.

It was only on his lone forays between instruments that he looked slightly vulnerable.

But this, when combined with angst-laden lyrics and a sexy drawl, only added to his charm and he had us dewy-eyed and wriggling in our seats.

This solo performance never lacked power, passion or enthusiasm, and after two encores with mind-blowing renditions of Amelia and Deliverance the audience was completely spellbound and reluctant to leave.

Afterwards Aldershot ex-Goths Louise Nevitt and Brodie Gillibrand explained the reason for their slightly over-emotional reaction: “It’s not just the alcohol! We’ve never managed to get that close to Wayne before and he performed the songs with such feeling they brought back happy memories of some totally outrageous nights spent in London during our younger, carefree, Goth days.”

Praise indeed from two diehard Mission fans.

Jackie Larmour