Football legend Paul Gascoigne cut short an appearance at a charity event to boost the breast cancer charity Crazy Hats.
The dinner was held on Thursday at the Park Inn hotel, Northampton, where the former England star was to have taken part in a question and answer session.
The event was organised by Northampton Town Football Club, and proceeds from the sell-out event, attended by hundreds of guests, are to go to the cancer charity and The Cobblers football academy.
Phil Malone, who was at the dinner with his wife Jo, a Crazy Hats trustee, said: “Guests were told that Paul Gascoigne was unwell and had been advised to go to hospital but that he insisted on going ahead with the appearance.
“When he came on he was shaking and the reaction of the people I was sitting with was that he should not have been allowed to appear.
“It was very sad to see someone who has performed at the highest level unable to the job you would like them to do for the public.
“There was no anger, just a great deal of sympathy for him. He did use bad language and that was embarrassing.
“He was on stage for about 12 minutes and answered some questions.”
Mr Malone said Crazy Hats is one of a number of charities being backed by the football club this year.
He said: “I went along to thank the club for its support and to publicise our annual Crazy Hats walk at Wicksteed Park on Sunday, March 24. The rest of the charity dinner went ahead as planned and there was a raffle and an auction later in the evening.”
The Sun newspaper reported today (Saturday, February 2) that 15 dates on a public speaking tour by Gascoigne have now been cancelled.