Comedian Jason Manford was late for his Lincoln gig last night, so apologised by shelling out for a £3,532.40 round of drinks.
Seemed like good idea to offer free drink cos of lateness! But shoulda added Kopparberg to the banned list of drinks! pic.twitter.com/8HYXkAMDAa
— JasonManford (@JasonManford) March 29, 2014
The Stockport-based comic had been stuck in traffic on the way from his home to his second successive sell-out gig at the Engine Shed.
The 850-strong audience were first told he would be a few minutes late for the 7.30pm start.
But when Manford realised he would be around 40 minutes behind schedule, he announced he'd buy a free drink for everyone by way of apology.
The gesture was cheered by the crowd, who predictably rushed to the bar.
And when Manford eventually got on stage at 8.10, he was given a rapturous welcome to kick off a fantastic performance.
The 32-year-old revealed he had been stuck for hours in jams at the notorious A628 Woodhead Pass between Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire.
Abbi Quinn, venue manager for the Tower Bars and Engine Shed, said the gesture was unheard of, but all Manford's idea.
"It was very generous of him," she said.
"When he finally got to Lincoln he rushed upstairs, changed his shirt and went straight on and delivered a fantastic show."