Dave Spikey and Friends raise £10,000 for Croston flood victims

Steve Royle, Dave Spikey, Janice Connolly and Ted Robbins backstage at Chorley Little Theatre
Steve Royle, Dave Spikey, Janice Connolly and Ted Robbins backstage at Chorley Little Theatre
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Up to £10,000 has been raised for the Croston flood relief fund after Chorley comedian Dave Spikey organised a charity stand-up show.

The Whittle-le-Woods funnyman was joined by fellow Phoenix Nights stars Ted Robbins, Steve Royle and Janice Connolly, and comedian Mike Wilkinson at Chorley Little Theatre on Thursday.

Chorley comedian Dave Spikey put on a stand-up show to raise money for the Croston flood relief fund

Chorley comedian Dave Spikey put on a stand-up show to raise money for the Croston flood relief fund

After the evening show sold out within 15 minutes, an extra performance was added for the afternoon, which theatre chairman Ian Robinson said was almost full too.

“It went very well,” he added. “They were all top acts and all very funny.

“The feedback from the audience has been great.”

Ian approached Spikey on Twitter to offer the Dole Lane theatre for the show, called ‘Dave Spikey and Friends’, after hearing that the comedian wanted to do something to help the residents and businesses of Croston affected by the floods.

Former Camelot jester and Chorley funnyman Steve Royle was up to his old tricks

Former Camelot jester and Chorley funnyman Steve Royle was up to his old tricks

He said Spikey has a ‘good relationship’ with the volunteers who run the theatre, and much of the organising was done through the social media channel.

“It’s very rare we do charity gigs,” Ian explained. “It was a lot of effort and the volunteers here worked really hard, but it’s paid off.

“We’ve probably raised in the region of £10,000 with ticket sales and raffles, which is fantastic.”

Ted Robbins delighted audiences on the night

Ted Robbins delighted audiences on the night