It's been a heck of a week for Peter Kay fans whose fans were queueing online in their thousands on Saturday, November 12 to get hold of his tour tickets for dates around the UK, including Cardiff. After the ticket sales went wild, the Bolton comedian posted on his Twitter and Instagram accounts saying he was "blown away" by the sales - and he also took the opportunity to have a dig at serving MP, Matt Hancock, who is currently doing every trial under the sun on ITV's I'm a Celebrity.
Kay - who is playing sold-out shows in Cardiff on June 16 and 17 next year and has now added more dates to the UK tour seeing him do 103 gigs up until 2025 - told his followers that Hancock is a "proper bell-end". The politician was Health Secretary during the pandemic and resigned after he was caught snogging his lover Gina Coladangelo, breaking both Covid guidelines and his marriage vows in one fell swoop.
The comedian, who returns to the stage 12 years after his last live performances, wrote: "Thank you!! Absolutely blown away by the ticket sales so fat, especially as some the shows aren't for a good while yet but don't worry we'll have a laugh when we're all together. Much love, Peter. P.S Matt Hancock IS a proper bell-end."
Both viewers and I'm a Celebrity campmates have been tamping that the 44-year-old MP was signed up to do the ITV series, with Chris Moyles, Scarlette Douglas and Charlene White asking questions of the politician about why he thought it was a good idea to appear on the show. After a long conversation about his place on the show, which you can read in full here, Hancock admitted he made a "pretty big mistake" and was hoping for a "bit of forgiveness".
The West Suffolk MP has also been voted to do all the trials so far and will face a fourth on Saturday, November 12.
Meanwhile, Peter Kay's tour date tickets were on sale at a starting price of £35, the same as his last tour in 2010. He said: "It’s good to get back to what I love doing best, stand-up comedy and if there’s ever a time people need a laugh it’s now. And with the cost of living at an all-time high, ticket prices are starting from £35. The same price they were on my previous tour in 2010."