Barack Obama set for musical surprise in Scotland visit

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The former US president Barack Obama is to set to visit Scotland when he addresses business leaders in Edinburgh in May.

He will also answer questions from the audience at the event, which is being held to raise money for charity.

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The dinner in Edinburgh on 26 May is thought to be one of his first major addresses since his presidency came to an end in January.

The event at the EICC is being organised by The Hunter Foundation which was founded by businessman and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter.

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Tickets for a table of 10 at the dinner are expected to go on sale for approximately £5,000.

The star-studded evening has attracted former Presidents before among other A-listers including Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney.

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All of the cash raised will be split between children's charities in Scotland and the Obama Foundation, set up by the former president and his wife Michelle.

Sir Tom also plans to set aside some seats at the event for local young people.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: "From the South Side of Chicago to the White House has been an epic, historic journey and it will be a true honour to hear that story from the man who made that journey.

"We are both truly proud and delighted to be hosting the 44th president of the United States in Scotland at this event. To be able to get president Obama, we're really chuffed."

The entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist also revealed he is planning a special surprise for the 44th US president. He said: "President Obama loves his music, so we're getting some interesting guests."

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