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Celebrities in Cornwall as part of driving challenge

Celebrities start driving challenge in Cornwall Credit: Breast Cancer Care

Gary Barlow, Chris Evans, James May and Brian Cox have set off from Lands End in a pink Rolls Royce raising money for Breast Cancer Care.

The challenge will see them driving from Land's End to John O'Groats in a bespoke pink Rolls Royce Ghost.

They want to try and raise £1 million in 24 hours.

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Gary Barlow and friends prepare for charity drive

Gary Barlow heads off on a charity drive from Land's End to John O'Groats today accompanied by Professor Brian Cox, Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and Top Gear's James May.

The celebrities will travel in the same car - a pink Rolls Royce with an "FAB1" numberplate - and are expected to arrive in John O'Groats at around 4am on Friday morning.

Barlow and May spoke to Daybreak about their journey - with a little help from Cox:

Click here to read more about their trip for Breast Cancer Care.

Stars charity challenge for Breast Cancer Care

Gary Barlow, James May, Brian Cox and Chris Evans raise money for Breast Cancer Care Photo: Twitter/@FAB1million

Gary Barlow will be joined by celebrity friends today as he heads off on a charity drive from Land's End to John O'Groats.

Top Gear presenter James May, Professor Brian Cox and Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans will take the trip with the Take That singer to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

All four of the celebs will travel in the same car, a pink Rolls Royce, and are expected to arrive in John O'Groats at around 4am on Friday morning.Making a few stop offs along the way to meet fans, they will take it in turns to drive,aiming to raise £1 million for Breast Cancer Care.

The car has the same 'FAB1' numberplate as Thunderbirds' Lady Penelope Credit: Twitter/@FAB1million

The route:

Land's End - arrive for 9.45am

Bristol (Cribbs Causeway, BS34 5DG) - arrive for 1.20pm

Birmingham (Car Park N1, The NEC, B40 1NT) - arrive for 3pm

Warrington (Golden Square Shopping Centre) - arrive for 5.30pm

Glasgow (SECC, G3 8YW) - arrive for 9.30pm

John O'Groats - arrive for 4am

Christopher Maloney and Gary Barlow to duet at X Factor final in Manchester

Christopher Maloney and Gary Barlow in Manchester ahead of the X Factor final Credit: Press Association

X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney is vying for victory in the competition by singing a Take That tune with his mentor Gary Barlow.

Christopher, who was once a ship's crooner, will sing alongside Barlow in a performance of Take That chart-topper Rule The World during the duets section of tonight's final.

Maloney has been a favourite with viewers and has bucked expectations despite bookies ranking him the outsider to win the final.

He is up against fellow finalists James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas, who will perform their duets with mentor Nicole Scherzinger.

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Gary Barlow receives OBE

Gary Barlow receives OBE Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Take That star Gary Barlow has been awarded an OBE, for services to the entertainment industry and to charity.

He was given the honour by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.

Gary Barlow receives OBE Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Gary Barlow adds extra Manchester date

The Take That singer confirmed eight more gigs in January 2013 due to high popular demand.

Barlow kicked off his solo tour in Bournemouth last week.

The extra dates in January are as follows:

Thursday 10 - Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

Friday 11 - Aberdeen AECC

Sunday 13 - Leicester DeMontford Hall

Monday 14 - Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Wednesday 16 - London Hammersmith Apollo

Thursday 17 - Brighton Centre

Saturday 19 - Scarborough Futurist

Sunday 20 - Manchester O2 Apollo

Gary Barlow adds extra dates Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Tickets for the new gigs will go on sale on Friday (November 23) at 9.30am.

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