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Gary Barlow offers to help light up Blackpool

Gary Barlow has offered to be Blackpool's knight in shining armour after The Script were forced to pull out of this year's Illuminations concert.

Gary Barlow has offered to step in after The Script were forced to pull out of the concert. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Irish band said it was "with deepest regret" that they had to cancel the gig on the 30 August and another at the Leeds Academy the day before "due to a sudden serious family illness".

The X Factor judge wrote on Twitter, "I hear Blackpool are looking for someone to switch the lights on this year? If they'd write a cheque to Children in Need I'd do it?"

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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:

Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams set for X Factor?

Take That duo Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams could be reunited on ITV's X Factor judging panel, according to reports.

Robbie Williams (right) and Gary Barlow. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Television bosses want the duo to provide "fireworks" on the talent show and are planning on bringing back Nicole Scherzinger as a judge, The Sun reports.

The popstar pair fell out when Williams quit Take That in 1995 but have since made-up when the Angels and Rock DJ singer rejoined his bandmates in 2010 for a new album and string of sell-out concert dates.

A spokesman for the show said: "It's far too early to say anything about the judging panel for this year's X Factor."

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Gary Barlow calls time on his personal record label

Gary Barlow began the Future label in 2009 and enjoyed chart success with a handful of singers. Credit: John Phillips/PA Wire

The X Factor judge Gary Barlow has said he has closed his music label Future Records because he has too many commitments, including his home life.

All of the artists signed up to the Take That star's Future Records are to be taken over by the label's parent company Universal.

Barlow, whose fourth child, Poppy, was stillborn in August, told The Sun: "It's been a very difficult decision but it came down to time. I've had a lot going on recently and I want to spend more time with my family."

Barlow 'deeply proud' to be awarded OBE

Gary Barlow is awarded an OBE, for services to the entertainment industry and to charity, by the Queen. Credit: PA Wire

Take That star Gary Barlow said he was "deeply proud" to be awarded his OBE by the Queen.

The 41-year-old X Factor judge, who has spent more than 20 years in the public eye, was given the title for services to the entertainment industry and to charity.

In a statement Barlow said he had been surprised by the award and that it "hadn't seemed real until today".

Gary Barlow to collect OBE at Buckingham Palace

Gary Barlow will receive his OBE at Buckingham Palace Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Take That star Gary Barlow will return to Buckingham Palace today to be rewarded for his long career in showbusiness.

The 41-year-old X Factor judge, who is one of several celebrities to be awarded today, will receive his OBE for services to the entertainment industry and to charity.

Barlow masterminded the triumphant Diamond Jubilee concert - staged at the Palace during a special bank holiday weekend in June - that featured a host of stars including Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney.

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