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Take That fan spends £1.1 million for private gig

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Take That fan spends £1.1 million for private gig

A Take That fan has paid £1.1 million for the band to play a private gig to raise money for BBC's 'Children in Need'.

Lucky bidder Elaine Fairfax, 62, placed the winning bid to secure a 45-minute, one-off private performance by the 'Rule The World' hitmakers -made up of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen.

The businesswoman originally bid £500,000 during the auction that was held on Chris Evans' Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, but when another fan doubled their bid, Elaine went in again and secured the gig for just over the six

Upon being told the news by Chris on air, Gary Barlow said: "Oh my God. We'll come and sing to you, have a drink with you, have selfies, see your friends, meet your mum and dad.

"Whatever you want us to do, we'll do it. Try and get rid of us. You'll be pushing us out the door by the end of it."

For Take That, the gig will mark the first time they have performed privately since the start of their career, and the first time ever since the departure of previous members Robbie Williams and Jason Orange.

Gary, 45, added: "The last time we did something like this was in 1991 for Jackie magazine."

Although Gary has performed at a number of fans' weddings as a solo performer.

The prize was orchestrated by the show's host Chris, 50, who emailed the trio with the idea.

All the proceeds from the gig will go to the BBC charity 'Children in Need', which takes place as an annual telethon and aims to help disabled and disadvantaged young people across the UK.

'Children In Need' is aired across the BBC from 7:30pm to 2:00am on Friday (18.11.16).