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Gary Barlow fills the breach at party in park.

Thousands of people flocked to a music spectacular yesterday headed by some of the brightest names in pop.

All Saints, Louise, Natalie Imbruglia and Boyzone were among more than 20 acts taking part in the event at London's Hyde Park, attended by 100,000 pop fans.

But organisers were forced into frantic behind-the-scenes efforts yesterday morning to rearrange running times after opening act Simple Minds pulled out.

The band's singer Jim Kerr was struck down with food poisoning in Copenhagen and was unable to perform.

The production team hastily lined up Gary Barlow, who should have appeared later, to warm up the crowd at the start of the show.

Barlow pleased fans with a string of songs from his first solo album Open Road and tracks he made famous with his former band Take That, including Pray and A Million Love Songs.

Visitors to Hyde Park basked in glorious sunshine and families brought deckchairs and cool boxes to laze about and listen to the music.

Proceeds from the concert are to go towards the Prince's Trust.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 6, 1998
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