PETER KAY has appeared on stage for the first time since cancelling all future work projects, including his stand-up tour, for family reasons.
The comedian greeted almost 3,000 fans at Blackpool Opera House during the last of three charity screenings of his BBC comedy “Car Share.”
The 44-year-old thanked the audience for coming to see the special finale of the sitcom plus an improvised episode.
The episodes were filmed before Kay’s announcement last December.
The second series of the Bafta-winning “Car Share” ended on an emotional cliffhanger in 2017 when Kay’s character John failed to reciprocate the advances of his “Car Share” colleague Kayleigh, played by Sian Gibson.
The final show reveals what happens between John and Kayleigh and will be aired by the BBC in May.
The opera house event was held to raise money for The Lily Foundation, which treats children with mitochondrial disease.
In footage of Kay’s brief appearance posted on Twitter, the “Phoenix Nights” star thanked people for supporting the charity before saying, “Enjoy the last-ever episode of ‘Car Share.’ Don’t tell anyone the end. Or tell anyone about any hedgehogs.”
And bowing as he left the stage, he added, “So thank you. Lots of love, enjoy, take care, bye-bye.”
Kay had been due to start his first tour in eight years this month, but announced in December that he was pulling out of all commitments “due to unforeseen family circumstances.”
“This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first,” he wrote on Twitter.