Peter Kay stuns fans at gig
VISITORS to a night of music at the Civic Theatre were stunned when a surprise guest took to the stage – comedian Peter Kay.
The comic shocked the audience and staff at the Civic on Thursday night when he joined a performance by former Squeeze star Chris Difford.
Around 70 people were at the Union Road venue when Kay, who is a huge Squeeze fan, got up to introduce the singer, who was performing an acoustic show in the studio theatre.
Event’s Manager Lauren Stirzaker said: “We knew Chris was bringing a special guest, but we had speculated that it could be perhaps [his Squeeze bandmate] Glenn Tilbrook.
“We had no idea until a few hours before that it would be Peter Kay. Both of them were brilliant fun and put on a great show for the audience, telling stories and singing songs.”
Lauren said it was a really special and unique event.
She said: “It was quite an intimate gig, there were around 70 people in the audience. He came on stage to introduce Chris Difford, I think the audience got a bit of a shock.”
Posting on a picture his Instagram page, Chris Difford said: “Peter and myself post wonderful night on stage together.
“My tummy was in folds of joy!”
The musician, who was visiting Oswaldtwistle as part of a solo UK tour, recently celebrated his 60th birthday and for 41 of those years he has been writing with Glenn Tilbrook.
Peter Kay and Chris Difford are just the latest famous face to grace the stage at the Civic Arts Centre and Theatre.
Jason Manford per- formed there to mark the first anniversary of the Manford’s Comedy Clubs and played to a packed house.
His brother Colin has also chosen the Civic as the venue to film his new Youtube comedy show.
Local lad Reece Bibby, who performed on the X Factor as part of eight piece band Stereo Kicks also performed at the venue with boyband Kingsland Road.
Other acts lined up to perform at the venue this year include Roy Chubby Brown, 80’s star Toyah, Steeleye Span, Jimmy Cricket and comedian Dave Spikey.
From left are: Lauren Stirzaker, Peter Kay, Chris Difford and Gayle Knight at the Civic Arts Centre