HAMPSHIRE’S sixties pop icon Reg Presley is recovering in Spain after suffering a stroke.

It is reported that the 68-year-old singer was playing with his grandchildren on holiday when he had to be taken to hospital in Malaga.

He is said to be recuperating but is not expected to return to the United Kingdom for a while.

Andover-born Reg, who is also a songwriter, turned The Troggs into one of the most successful bands of the sixties with hits including Wild Thing, Love is All Around and With a Girl Like You.

The band has sold millions of records around the world and were part of the British invasion which took the charts by storm in America.

The Troggs are still one of the most popular bands on the rock ‘n’ roll revival circuit and earlier this year they headlined The Solid Silver 60s’ 25th Anniversay Show at The Mayflower, Southampton.

Reg, who has always had a great rapport with his fans, had them dancing in the aisles as he invited the audience to be wild things – the title of the band’s famous sixties anthem.

As well as being a pop star Reg is also famous for his research into crop circles.