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Jason Donovan and Chesney Hawkes

Jason Donovan and Chesney Hawkes

A cracking night for Chesney's Christmas bash

The one and only Chesney Hawkes pulled another cracker with his charity bash in Ascot, featuring guests including Jason Donovan and raising a whopping £24,000 for the White Lodge Centre for Disabled Children and Adults. See the videos below!

They were chart rivals back in the early 90s, but on Sunday 9 December Jason Donovan flew in from Australia to sing with old pal Chesney Hawkes at his Ascot charity bash.

Jason Donovan and Chesney Hawkes

Jase and Chezzers back in the 90s

Held at Club 1 in Ascot, Chesney's Christmas Cracker raised a stonking £24,000 for White Lodge Centre for Disabled Children and Adults thanks to such esteemed guests as Jason.

The Aussie star serenaded guests with timeless classics Too Many Broken Hearts and his smash hit Any Dream Will Do from West End musical Joseph. Chesney then joined Jason on stage for a glittering duet of Especially For You.

See the video of Chesney and Jason duetting here!:

Chesney lifted the roof with a set of his own material peppered with Christmas classics and contemporary hits including Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody and the Plain White T's Hey There Delilah.

See the video of Chesney performing I Predict A Riot here:

Eighties pop king Nik Kershaw had the audience enraptured with a stunning acoustic set which included his biggest hits Wouldn't It Be Good and I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

Soul legend Kenny Thomas treated revellers to renditions of Outstanding and Thinking About Your Love. 

Rick Parfitt Jnr brought the house down with his version of Bon Jovi's Living On A Prayer and The Killers' Somebody Told Me.

Eastenders' star Bobby Davro took to the stage to auction the opportunity to sing Chesney's number one smash The One And Only, backed by Chesney and his cracker cast. 

The lucky winner paid £350 to for the karaoke of the lifetime and a follow-up recording session with Chesney.

Comedian Tony Hawks took on the gauntlet of cracker host and also lent his musical hand by playing piano in the finale that saw the entire cracker cast perform John Lennon's Merry Christmas (War is Over).

Kirsty Gallacher

Kirsty Gallacher

Singer/songwriter Eliza Wren Payne and tribute band Oasish completed the line-up of performers. 

Other notable guests included PR supremo Max Clifford and TV's Kirsty Gallacher. 

Kirsty took to the stage to reveal Chesney's Challenge, which was his very own Bush Tucker Trial.

She offered the star the chance NOT to do his bush tucker trial but he bravely munched his way through a pig's snout and a lamb's testicle which had been cooked and prepared Ascot-style in breadcrumbs by chef's at Club 1's sister venue Bar 1. How's that for a Christmas culinary treat?

The night was rounded off with an after-show party with DJ legends Brandon Block and Jon Jules.

The one and only Christmas Cracker party? Not 'arf!

last updated: 12/12/2007 at 18:16
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