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Hawkes now bald as an eagle

Popstar Chesney Hawkes held a celebrity-studded charity bash with a difference in his Ascot home town. While everyone let their hair down, Chesney decided to be just that little bit different...

Chesney Hawkes (Simon Adams)
Still with hair: Chesney Hawkes

Chesney Hawkes will find himself a little colder this Christmas. Why? Because he's shaved off his blonde locks for charity.

The not-so-hair-raising antic was all part of the inaugural Chesney's Christmas Cracker, a fund-raising party organised by the Ascot-based pop star who had a hit with I Am The One And Only way back in 1991.

"I was willing to go up to £750 NOT to shave it off but what option did I have with a baying crowd and £1000 on the table?"
Chesney Hawkes

The party was indeed a cracker, held on Sunday 17 December at Club 1 in Ascot High Street, and raised more than £15,000 for the White Lodge Centre for disabled children. 

Shane Richie, Kevin Simm, Brandon Block, Nik Kershaw and Bernard Cribbins joined Chesney for the sold-out party, which also included lucky VIP backstage ticket-holders who successfully bid for their tickets on Ebay.

Chesney Hawkes (Simon Adams)
Chesney Hawkes: hair today, gone tomorrow

Arguably the prize lot however was the chance to shave off Chesney's famous golden locks.

Julian Lennon had bid £550 but was out-bid on the night by local businessman Jason Jones, who paid £1000 to scalp the star.  

Chesney said: "I was willing to go up to £750 NOT to shave it off but what option did I have with a baying crowd and £1000 on the table? That's one day of running costs for White Lodge – I couldn't turn that down!"

Chesney Hawkes (Simon Adams)
Chesney Hawkes: looking good!

Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with 'Back By Popular Demand', cheeky Chesney encouraged revellers to part with their cash to help raise much needed funds for White Lodge Centre, based in Chertsey.  White Lodge Centre supports disabled children and adults and their families and carers.

Nation's favourite Shane Richie compèred the night of festive fun, aided by none other than Bernard Cribbins. The almighty 'Cribmeister' took to the stage to perform a duet with pop icon Nik Kershaw. The unlikely coupling saw the pair perform a one-off rendition of Bernard's hit The Hole In The Ground.  

Chesney Hawkes (Simon Adams)
Chesney Hawkes: the mullet finally comes off!

Chesney was joined on stage by fellow 'The Games' contestant and Liberty X band member Kevin Simm to sing some Christmas corkers including Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody. 

Also treading the boards were Scottish rock band Marmalade but that's not all! Lucky revellers beheld a world exclusive as Chesney's dad, Chip Hawkes, reformed his band the Tremeloes. The line-up were together for the first time since 1974 to perform hits including Silence Is Golden despite Dave Munden being on crutches due to a hip replacement operation last week.

Brandon Block finished the night with a resounding set to complete Christmas's most surprising and eclectic line-up.

What a cracker!

last updated: 18/12/06
 
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akira and maya
U looked strange without hair hope u grew it back.From St annes School Vicky and Robins Daughters.

Marie
Chesney you are the "one & Only"..What a great night looking forward to 2007..Love you lots..

ciara
horrible liked u better with hair discusting but i still like u

craig m.
bald head very good and for good cause. seems like it's everywhere these days.

LEE SMITH
HEY CHESNEY. LONG TIME NO SEE. I USED TO LIVE ON THE SAME ROAD AS YOUR NAN BEFORE SHE SADLY PASSED AWAY ASWELL AS YOUR TWO COUSINS NICKY AND STUART.

Chris Harrison
Couldn't make it, but me and my friend paul have seen you play live few times and it it was a shame I missed a great night, well done Ches for raising the money

mike piccolo
"You are the one and only!" merry christmas ches us

George
Nice...bozo the clown!

Trish Lewis
My darling nephew Chesney, Although I am so proud of you for shaving your head for your charity, I wish I could have afforded to 'top' the bid for you NOT to shave your head!! Love you. x x x

Michael Wan
I was there at the front..it was an amazing night....

Kristina Harmsworth
It was a fab night!..and everyone enjoyed themselves.. You didn't mention thought that Nik got on stage to do a duet with Chesney of 'The One and Only', which Nik also wrote for him. This was the only time that Nik has ever sang that song! Thankyou Ches for the night of my life!

Keely
Nice to hear that Chesney Hawkes is giving something back to the community, along with his lovely locks!! What a nice guy!

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