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13 June 2004
Sunday Mail

ROD STEWART had a rummage through his wardrobe before arriving at a fancy dress ball last night... as himself.

He rolled back the years and squeezed into a pair of his old leopard print pants for the fundraising Entrepreneurial Exchange Ball at Glasgow's Hilton Hotel.

A spiky wig covered his own famously tousled hair and a tartan scarf completed the flamboyant ensemble.

His lover Penny Lancaster also cut a striking figure dressed as superstar Cher.

Rod said: 'I dug these clothes out of the archives and came as a 70s version of myself.

'It's great to be back in Scotland and see Glasgow in the sunshine and it's an honour to be here tonight supporting so many worthy causes.

'I'm up for just one night as I've got a football match at my house in the morning.'

Penny added: 'It's great fun getting dressed up and having the chance to be someone else.'

Other guests at the charity bash included actor Phil Middlemiss, best known as Corrie's Des Barnes, who turned up as Britney Spears.

Texas star Sharleen Spiteri was one of the special guests invited to sing for the 530 guests at the hotel.

Texas agreed to perform at the pop star-themed bash earlier this year when tycoon Tom Hunter, who organised the ball, pledged 250,000 to children's hospice Rachel House.

Sharleen said: 'It is a gig for us but the nice thing is it's a gig for something very important that could change a lot of people's lives.

'So it was even more special than usual. Why we're doing it was very much in our minds when we were performing.'

Rachel House in Kinross was just one of the charities which benefited from the glittering fund-raiser.

Multi-millionaire Tom, dressed as rock wild man Alice Cooper, predicted the night would be a roaring success.

He said: 'I've been to charity fundraisers all round the world but I can say with all honesty that the Scots are the most generous.

'This is the fourth year I've organised the ball and I know the businessmen and women of Scotland won't let me down. Last year, we raised nearly 500,000 and it would be great to do the same again.'

A portrait of Celtic ace Henrik Larsson by Scots artist Peter Howson, which featured in the Sunday Mail last month, was the star lot in a charity auction. Scots businessman Willie Haughey snapped it up for 40,000.

Penny spent 10,000 on a second Larsson print for Celtic-daft Rod.

And the infamous pinstriped kilt worn by First Minister Jack McConnell in the US also went under the hammer, raising 10,000.

Limited edition Larsson prints are still available. Phone 0141 332 7996 for details.


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