MEN are less inclined than women to check for cancer, so eight celebrities were persuaded to recreate the infamous scene from the Full Monty as a reminder.
It is now 20 years since the collection of unemployed steelworkers from Sheffield decided to reveal all, making them more daring than the Chippendales, performing to the Tom Jones song You Can Leave Your Hat On which they do until the last minute.
The eight celebrities who nervously agreed to take part were reality star and Mijas restaurateur Elliott Wright, McFly drummer Harry Judd, ballet dancer Wayne Sleep who has suffered from prostate cancer, former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden, TV presenter Dom Littlewood, and Death in Paradise and Red Dwarf actor Danny John Jules together with host Alexander Armstrong.
Due to other commitments, they had just six days to learn the routine from Diversity leader Ashley Banjo and there was a great deal of initial shyness before they finally appeared in front of a huge audience at the London Palladium in a performance which was transmitted by ITV1 and then repeated.
The TV special was supported by the charities Movember, Cancer Research, Everyman and Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness and Elliott Wright explained that he had joined in as “My dad got prostate cancer two years ago, and he wasn’t quick enough and it spread, and when prostate cancer spreads you can’t get rid of it.”
Elliott and his father Eddie regularly become involved in local events around La Cala de Mijas to raise awareness of the dangers of prostate cancer and to help raise funds for local charity Positively Blue.