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Gary Barlow tribute ends with Take That reunion

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A tribute evening to Gary Barlow became a full Take That reunion as the singer was joined on stage by all four of his chart-topping bandmates.

"Shall we get the band back together?" the 41-year-old said.

Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Robbie Williams then joined Barlow on stage to perform their 1995 hit Never Forget.

The performance came at the end of a London ceremony that saw Barlow receive a Music Industry Trust Award.

Earlier the Prince of Wales paid tribute to Barlow in a video message, describing him as a "national treasure".

Accepting his honour, the singer said he felt "delighted and humbled" and said he had "enjoyed every minute of every moment" of his musical career.

"I've loved learning as much as achieving, the low-lights as much as the highlights," he went on.

"It means so much to me to be recognised by the industry that I love."

Barlow's fellow X Factor judges Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh were among the audience at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Other guests included Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh, DJ Chris Moyles, pop star Jason Donovan and singer Alesha Dixon.

The event was held to raise money for the Brit Trust and Nordoff Robbins, the UK's leading provider of music therapy.

"I've visited the schools that are benefiting from tonight," Barlow told reporters.

"They're incredible places and they need help and they need funding. That's the real reason we're here."

Sir Elton - a past recipient of the award - saluted Barlow as "a wonderful father, an incredible songwriter [and] a brilliant singer".

"You're a man of your word and a truly great guy," the 65-year-old continued, going on to joke: "If you were gay, I'd marry you."

Sir Elton was accompanied at the event by David Furnish, his civil partner of seven years.

The musical part of the evening included Williams performing his number one single Candy, a song co-written by Barlow.

The 38-year-old had earlier been on London's Oxford Street on Monday to turn on its Christmas lights in front of an estimated 20,000 people.

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