Peter Kay stuns fans at gig

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - BIANCA MUR­RAY bianca.mur­ray@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Bian­caMur­ray88

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

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