Getting down to Rob's bare essentials!

Radio presenter Rob Dunger has been warned that women may rush the stage and the screaming could be deafening.

FELIXSTOWE: Radio presenter Rob Dunger has been warned that women may rush the stage and the screaming could be deafening.

But his biggest worry as he prepares to strip down to his birthday suit for charity in a version of the Full Monty is that his mother will be watching in the audience.

“She told me that if I appeared in the Evening Star before Sunday she would not be able to go to church and face her friends!” said Mr Dunger, 56, who hosts Radio Suffolk's dawn-breaker show.

“She is going to be in the audience though, which is a little bit of a worry, but it's for a laugh and to help raise money.”

He will be doing the strip with four male members of the Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society at Radio Suffolk's Children in Need variety show, Suffolk Has Talent at the Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, on Wednesday at 7.30pm as part of a cleverly-choreographed routine to Tom Jones' You Can Leave Your Hat On.

It is the first time he has dared to bare - revealing almost everything while a tiny thong keeps his modesty covered - and is looking forward to the experience.

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“I should be nervous and worried but no, I am really looking forward to it and am going to have a good time,” said Mr Dunger.

“My friends have told me it's all in the smile, and I will be egged on by the screams of the women - we may even need crowd control because I understand they can rush the stage at these events.

“I know everyone in the audience will be behind me and will want me to do well.”

Other Radio Suffolk presenters are also taking part in the show in roles they would not normally perform - including Luke Deal and Georgina Wroe squeezing in to Lycra for an ABBA tribute and Lesley Dolphin telling risqu� tales.

Tickets for Suffolk Has Talent are �10, available from or 01394 282126.

Let us have details of your Children in Need events - email or write to Evening Star Newsdesk, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

FASTFACTS: Children in Need

Children in Need first hit our screens as an all-night fundraising telethon back in 1980.

Pudsey made his television debut in 1985 - designed by Joanna Ball, a BBC graphics designer, who named him after the Yorkshire town where she was born.

Terry Wogan was the telethon's first presenter and has been leading it ever since and this year he and Children in Need chalk up 30 years together.

Last year the appeal raised �37.8 million and this year the aim is top the �40m mark.

The money goes to organisations in the UK working with children with mental, physical or sensory disabilities; behavioural or psychological disorders; are living in poverty or situations of deprivation; or suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.