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27 January 2004
Daily Record
Seconds out..Round Wan

A BUSINESSMAN has vowed to give pounds 25,000 to charity so he can play a kids' game with Hollywood star Ewan McGregor.

Ewan, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars films, will swap his light sabre for a laser pistol to take on Gadget Shop boss Chris Gorman at Laser Quest.

The cash is part of almost pounds 350,000 pledged to Children's Hospice Association Scotland and Sargent Cancer Care at a star studded Burns supper held in London on Sunday.

Laser Quest players wear a breastplate that registers hits from special laser guns.

And Chris said: "It's not the sort of thing that Ewan normally does but I asked him if he would be up for it and he said yes.

"I haven't decided on whether it will be the kids or the grown-ups that take him on just yet but I'll be in touch.

"It's a fantastic idea and lovely that the money will be going to charity.

"We want a re-enactment of Star Wars but this time Obi Wan is going down."

Comedian Eddie Izzard bid pounds 2800 for a pair of his 'n' hers kilts made by Galas hie ls-based Lochcarron of Scotland.

Then Burns fan Eddie accepted a pounds 1500 challenge from Ewan, who hosted the bash with Texas lead singer Sharleen Spiteri and comic Fred McAuley, to recite the poem Johnnie Lad, Cock Up Your Beaver.

As revealed yesterday, Scots tycoon Tom Hunter paid pounds 250,000 for a private Texas gig.

Hunter had set Sharleen a challenge to play at his Scottish Entrepreneurial Exchange Ball later this year.

MICHAEL CHRISTIE



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