A LUCIANO Pavarotti lookalike will have his first shave for a quarter of a century to raise money for a hospital support group.
Colin Miller (right), 62, of Gough Side, Burton, will be joined by other lookalikes in Coopers Square when he has the shave for the Burton Hospital League of Friends on Thursday, October 31.
Mr Miller, who works for Virgin Trains, decided to shave his beard after he called time on his 23-year career last month.
He said it would be fitting to donate it to the league of friends as this was the first group he fund-raised for.
Mr Miller said: “They were here in the beginning and they will be here at the end.
“I was approached by them all those years ago and I have done lots of the years with them
“They said it is a lovely idea for me to do my final experience as Pavarotti.”
Mr Miller said Pauline Spratt, the chairman of the league of friends, asked if he would donate to the group.
He said: “She has been with the group for such a long time and asked if I would mind helping out and so I said why not it’s first come first served.
“It’s a lovely charity and I appreciate the work that Pauline has been doing for all these years.
“She is a real trooper and when compared to her my 23 years look insignificant.”
Despite growing his beard since 1988 - when he shaved it for a holiday in Faliraki – Mr Miller said there would be no turning back over his decision.
He said: “It’s getting big now, it’s certainly bigger than Pavarotti’s but it will be a burden off my head.
“Whether I will enjoy shaving after all these years I’m don’t know but I have bought an expensive shaver.”
Since announcing the plans to rid himself of the distinguishing facial hair, Mr Miller said he had been inundated with sponsorship offers for the big day.
A hairdresser from the luxury spa hotel Champneys, in Ashby, will perform the cut while photography firm Max Spielmann, in Station Road, Burton, has offered to donate takings from pictures taken with Mr Miller on the day.
The fun will start at 10am and run until 3pm with the shave taking place at noon.