ONE of Britain’s most instantly recognisable sporting heroes will be a star guest at a lavish charity ball on Weston’s Grand Pier.

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Chris Eubank – a strutting, preening boxing world champion in the 1990s – earned a huge fan base with his spectacular ring performances.

The former champ will not only be appearing at the Axentis Michael Memorial Ball on November 17 – he will also be donating two exclusive giant artworks he commissioned at the height of his success.

The 10ft x 4ft artworks The Cat Walk and Livingston’s People will feature among the prizes in the ball’s charity auction.

Eubank joins a growing list of celebrities attending this year’s ball, along with Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Paul Burling.

The fundraiser is expected to draw around 1,000 people to a winter wonderland-themed extravaganza in the pier’s Great Hall, and aims to add to the half a million pounds it has raised in the eight years since it was set up in memory of the father of pier owners Kerry and Michelle Michael.

Kerry said: “Since the last ball, we have been able to support a wide variety of local good causes, including buying a minibus for Weston and District Community Transport and funding major surgery in Florida for a local teenager, Michael McKenzie.

“It’s always a very popular event with people travelling from all over the UK and abroad to attend

“Preparations are well underway for this year’s event and I am delighted Chris Eubank will be joining us. We also have a few surprises up our sleeve to keep our guests entertained on the night.

“We have had some fantastic support and I cannot believe the generosity of all our friends and suppliers, particularly in the current economic climate.”

Tickets for the four-course banquet are available from £75 per head. For further information email memorialball@grandpier.co.uk or call 01934 646155.

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