Leeds United superfan Gary ready to lose his thatch of the day

Gary Edwards and Bob Liddle
Gary Edwards and Bob Liddle
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HE’S cut a distinctive figure at Leeds United games for more than 40 years.

Soon, however, United superfan Gary Edwards will be that bit harder to pick out in the stands.

Painter and decorator Gary, from Kippax, is preparing to part with his trademark long hair in a charity headshave.

His pal and fellow United fan Bob Liddle, from Castleford, will be having his own flowing locks chopped off at the same time.

Together they hope to raise hundreds of pounds for the Diabetes UK and Macmillan Cancer Support charities.

And today Gary confessed to a few butterflies about the headshave, which is taking place at United legend Peter Lorimer’s Commercial pub in Holbeck on the afternoon of Sunday, March 9.

He said: “I am a bit nervous about it – I can’t remember the last time I had short hair.

“We play Reading on the Tuesday afterwards and I’m hoping it won’t be too cold. I’ve got my woolly hat ready just in case.”

Gary said the idea for the headshave came about “over a pint”, adding: “Bob was slightly reluctant – he last had short hair when he was in the Army in the 1970s – but we soon talked him round.”

The pair’s chosen causes are both close to their hearts – Gary’s wife Lesley has diabetes while Bob is a former prostate cancer sufferer.

“It’d be great if people got behind us,” said Gary. “We want to raise as much money as possible for these two fantastic charities.”

To back the fundraising, visit the www.justgiving.com/gary-edwards12 web page.

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