BUCKS Fizz star Cheryl Baker is selling £148 tickets to gigs in her back garden after lockdown cancelled concerts and left her skint.
Instead of waiting for venues to re-open, the 67-year-old Eurovision winner has taken matters into her own hands by hosting intimate backyard sets.
Earlier this year, the singing legend opened up to The Sun about how fans and pals sprung into action after she admitting she was“totally broke”.
Bandmate Mike Nolan offered to sprint round with a fistful of cash, while a fan in Australia wanted to organise a whip-round.
But rather than take a hand out, the proactive TV presenter has organised a "Fizz Exclusive Garden Gig" for some of her most dedicated fans.
Taking to Twitter, Cheryl shared the news, writing: "This is happening! In my garden! Tickets are very limited so best get in there quick."
She linked to a website selling the £148 tickets for the event on June 26, which includes a meet and greet with the Bucks Fizz gang.
"Now is your opportunity! We are excited to announce a special one off 'intimate' gig with a full live band to take place in none other than Cheryl Baker's garden," the website reads.
Located in Kent near Tonbridge, Cheryl's home will be open to guests from 2pm, with the show starting two hours later.
Entry includes a "meet and great photo" for fans and a "goody bag" of mystery items to take home as well as gig entry.
"Bucks Fizz songs only, no covers or medleys," the advert continues to detail, encouraging fans to "bring a blanket and picnic."
Last year, Cheryl began growing her own veg in order to save money as she struggled during the three UK lockdown periods.
Despite still performing with group members Mike, 66, and Jay Aston, 59, as The Fizz, their planned gigs were shut down throughout the pandemic.
This included a tour The Fizz had planned last year and they have had barely any work since the start of the first lockdown last March.
Cheryl, who appeared on Dancing On Ice in 2018 but now can’t pay a hefty tax bill, says: “As a band we had a tour planned as well as festivals and Eighties weekends.
“Everything was cancelled or postponed and now some of the dates that were postponed to the beginning of this year have been put back again. I’ve just been told one gig, set for March 6 this year, will be in 2022.
“My family is all in the entertainment business and we all came to a standstill last March. The industry is on its knees.”
Being out of work for so long might have brought Cheryl to her knees, too, but she refuses to be beaten and is relentlessly upbeat.
The star branched out and got to work through the CelebVM app, where fans pay for personalised video messages from celebrities.
She said of the latest lockdown: “If it was just me and Steve at home we would spend most of the winter in the kitchen, where we have an Aga. But with the girls back we have the heating on all day, which is expensive.
“We’ve just been much more frugal. We’re not going anywhere anyway, it’s just bills for the house and food.
"I haven’t got a big income but I’ve got lots of love and happiness around me and that’s worth more than anything.”
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