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Peter Kay makes surprise return to the stage in Blackpool

Peter Kay

Peter Kay made his first public appearance since cancelling his live tour in December when he made a surprise return to the stage at a charity screening of Car Share.

The 44-year-old comedian had cancelled his live tour due to “unforseen family circumstances”. It would have been his first live tour in eight years and Kay said the decision was “not taken lightly”, adding “I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.”

Thousands were in the Blackpool Opera House on Saturday for a special charity screening of the final episode of Car Share, which is due to air in May. Kay made a surprise appearance afterwards to thank them for their support.

This was the third and final special screening held this week, before the finale airs on the BBC in May. The second series of the Bafta-winning show ended on an emotional cliffhanger, with Kay’s character, John, failing to return the advances of colleague Kayleigh (Sian Gibson).

Kay then announced he wanted to “go out on top” rather than make a third series. He later revealed there would be a special finale and unscripted episode, both of which were filmed last year.

The charity screenings, announced via Twitter last month, were organised to raise money for The Lily Foundation, and sold out instantly. The BBC has not yet announced exact dates for the final two episodes of Car Share.


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