Gary Barlow announced as Special Guest

Gary Barlow with Eliot
Gary Barlow with Eliot

GARY BARLOW is set to make a guest appearance as part of an all-star charity concert next month (November 12).

The frontman and lead vocalist of Take That will join his songwriter and record producer friend Eliot Kennedy at the Vulcan Experience, in Hangar 3 at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Barlow is the latest name to be announced for the Yorkshire based song writing legend’s gig, which will raise funds for Hidden Wounds, a division of Help for Heroes.

Gary Barlow said: “I’m delighted to be part of a fantastic night for an amazing cause.”

The evening will raise money for Help for Heroes, with all profits going to Hidden Woundshelping those who have served, whose psychological wellbeing has been affected.  40 veterans who have been helped by the charity will be in attendance, alongside members of the Yorkshire Regiment.

The night will also launch the debut album and singing career of Joanne Heselden-Edwards, whose late father, Jimi Heselden, was the inventor of the Bastion barrier system that has saved thousands of soldiers’ lives.

During his lifetime he donated over £23 million to charities in his home city of Leeds alone and in 2006, he gave £1.5m to Help for Heroes.

“Dad never forgot where he came from and appreciated his good fortune,” his daughter Jo Heselden-Edwards, 45, said. “That’s why he supported local charities and Help for Heroes – it was his way of saying thank you to the armed forces for helping him become the success he was.”

Hesco Defensive Barriers are indispensable in the protection of military personnel, saving countless lives.

The Hidden Wounds event will include guest artists, The Puppini Sisters, supported by a 17-piece swing band, and will be hosted by Eliot Kennedy, who works with Take That, the Spice Girls, Donny Osmond and Bryan Adams.

Gary and Eliot
Gary and Eliot

Eliot said: “Jo asked me to make an album of her singing all her father’s favourite songs, and we decided to use that as the basis for a charity concert, Hidden Wounds. When I went to Camp Bastion with Gary to entertain the troops, I had first-hand experience of the Bastion – it was there to protect us all – and Jo wanted to continue this incredible family legacy.”

He added: “The work of Help for Heroes around those who’ve lost limbs is well known, but there are hidden mental health injuries which you can’t see.”

The concert will consist of a luxury three-course dinner for an exclusive audience in the iconic setting of the Vulcan Hangar at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Tickets costing £100 per person + booking fee