Dan Hadfield burst into tears after fulfilling his dream of singing live with the man he impersonates as the nation’s biggest Gary Barlow tribute act.
The 39-year-old, who lives in Melton, had to keep it a secret for five months that the Take That star would be making a suprise appearance at a wedding reception Dan was performing at in Liverpool.
The bride - a major fan of Gary Barlow - was enjoying the tribute act until the superstar suddenly appeared as well and started singing one of his biggest hits, ‘A Million Love Songs’, to the astonishment of 200 wedding guests.
It was a special moment too for Dan, who performs gigs throughout the UK and Europe, thrilling audiences with his remarkable likeness to the chart-topper in both voice and appearance.
He said: “I’ve never seen a reaction from people like the one when Gary walked in - they just couldn’t believe he was actually there.
“Gary started singing and then forgot the words even though he had sung the song so many times - he leaned back towards me and said ‘come on mate, help me out here’, it was just magical.
“I was nervous but I was fine once I started singing. When I got back to my hotel room later on, when I was on my own, I just burst into tears.”
The star had pledged to sing live at the weddings of five fans and this was the third. He hatched the plan at the start of the year via a Twitter direct message to Dan. Barlow hot-footed it straight from a sell-out concert at the nearby Manchester Arena.
Dan said: “The bride, Anita, has followed me around at my various gigs so I offered to do her wedding free, as a way of giving something back to a fan.
“I had to keep it a secret when Gary told me he would be coming along because Anita had been plagueing him on social media about coming to sing and we wanted it to be a huge surprise.
“It was tough keeping that a secret for five months, I can tell you.”
A You Tube video of the duet between ‘the two Gary Barlows’ has so far been viewed by more than 112,000 people online and the story was featured on television news programmes and national newspapers.
Dan, who is planning a show at Melton Theatre, added: “I am very busy anyway - I’m booked up until 2016. But after news broke about me singing with Gary enquiries came flooding in for me to sing at weddings and parties. You just can’t buy the publicity I got from that night.”
To watch a video of the moment Gary Barlow joined Dan at the wedding reception go online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBfbwoTJuf4&app=desktop