Howard Donald

First published in Hampshire Heritage

IMPRESSIVE moves on the dance floor helped vehicle sprayer Howard Donald become one fifth of Britain's most successful band since the Beatles.

Take That - a group of five working class lads assembled by manager Nigel Martin Smith - went on to enjoy phenomenal success, dominating the charts in the first half of the 1990s and amassing a body of notoriously loyal - and high pitched - followers.

Some critics believed the band would fade after its youngest member Robbie Williams left to carve out his solo career but Take That carried on for another six months, releasing two more number one singles before going out on a high in 1995.

When the band finally split after eight number one hits, the Samaritans had to set up a helpline to comfort the thousands of traumatised fans.

With Take That over, Donald - who has admitted he desperately wanted the band to continue - made a name for himself as a club DJ playing in Britain, Europe, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The father-of-one found himself back in the limelight again last year when, along with Gary Barlow, Jason Orange and Mark Owen the boys made a spectacular comeback with a sell-out reunion tour.

Their subsequent album Beautiful World went straight to the number one spot and their first two singles Patience and Shine also topped the charts.

Take That's third single from the new album I'd Wait for Life was out on June 16.

Name: Howard Donald Date of Birth: 28 April 1968 Occupation: A member of revived boy band Take That local link: Lives in Burley near Ringwood

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