PICTURES: The night in 1999 when singer Chris De Burgh played a gig in Doncaster Asda car park

Chris De Burgh at Asda in 1999.
Chris De Burgh at Asda in 1999.
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It may sound unlikely, but Lady In Red singer Chris De Burgh once played a concert - in a cold and windy Doncaster supermarket car park.

It was 16 years ago on October 18, 1999 that the Irish superstar chose the bizarre setting of Asda's Bawtry Road store for the show, seen by more than 8,600 fans. The Free Press has dug out some pictures of the night a musical superstar wowed the crowds in the strangest of settings.

Chris De Burgh with store manager Peter Brigden ahead of his Asda concert.

Chris De Burgh with store manager Peter Brigden ahead of his Asda concert.

The star played a 40 minute set to help launch the supermarket chain's millennium festivities and the show also featured warm up act The Buskateers, fairground rides and a firework finale.

All the fun was free with fund-raising on the night in aid of children's charity the NSPCC.

Among the trollies, music lovers of all ages scrambled for a glimpse of the singer who warmed the cockles with hits such as The Lady In Red, Missing You plus covers of The Eagles’ classic Hotel California and a rousing finale of The Beatles’ Hey Jude.

He said: “I’ve played in a car park before but that was in South Africa and the temperature was 30 degrees. It’s my first time in Doncaster and it is a great opportunity because I’m an ordinary guy and I love to meet people.

Joining in the fun at Asda in 1999.

Joining in the fun at Asda in 1999.

Football fan Chris even revealed his local knowledge by talking about Doncaster Rovers’ 7-0 FA Cup win over Crook Town onstage, to rapturous cheers from the audience.

The singer mingled with shoppers and was mobbed in the store’s foyer as scores of fans thrust posters and CDs at the star to autograph.

Sheila Gardner, who travelled all the way from Hounslow, Middlesex, to see her hero, said: “I’ve seen him 25 times but this is the strangest place I’ve been to for a concert. But I’d go anywhere because he’s such a brilliant songwriter and he’s gorgeous as well."

Store manager Peter Brigden said: “It was a fantastic night which surpassed our expectations. A lot of hard work went into making it happen and we are pleased so many people came to support us.”

These fans show their love for Chris De Burgh.

These fans show their love for Chris De Burgh.

Chris De Burgh performed many of his best known songs including Lady In Red at Doncaster Asda.

Chris De Burgh performed many of his best known songs including Lady In Red at Doncaster Asda.

The fans enjoy the concert at Asda on October 18, 1999.

The fans enjoy the concert at Asda on October 18, 1999.