Australian folk star Judith Durham has assured fans she will be back onstage with her band The Seekers in the New Year (14) following her brain haemorrhage in May (13).

The 70-year-old singer was forced to postpone The Seekers' U.K. tour when she was diagnosed with a cerebral haemorrhage after falling ill during a concert on the band's 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee trek.

Durham was discharged from hospital in August (13) following three months of treatment and she is hoping to make a full recovery so she can return to the stage in 2014.

She tells Britain's Daily Express, "I still have some way to go but there's no reason to delay it for the fans any more. We'll treasure it even more now because of what happened. All of us had to put things on hold and none of us had any knowledge of how long that might be for or if we'd ever have the opportunity to perform again. Now we know we can resume the tour we've been so thrilled.

"We're still the only band in their original format from the Sixties. It's so unique. Our voice is fine and we look and sound like we always did."

The Seekers' rescheduled British tour will now kick off on 28 April (14) in Cardiff, Wales, and wrap up in London on 2 June (14).