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Comedian Jason Manford late for gig at Lincoln's Engine Shed, so buys a £3,500 round

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: March 30, 2014

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Comedian Jason Manford

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Comedian Jason Manford was late for his Lincoln gig last night, so apologised by shelling out for a £3,532.40 round of drinks.

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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."

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4 comments

  • screenman  |  March 31 2014, 6:35AM

    I think there is a fair chance he does not pocket all the ticket money, but people who do not run a business never seem to understand overheads.

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  • Arthrys  |  March 30 2014, 7:31PM

    camelherder yes, but he didn't have to for just a 40 minute delay. Obviously a bigger person than you

    |   13
  • camelherder  |  March 30 2014, 3:51PM

    850 at how much a ticket? Think he can afford it.

    |   -25
  • Big_Tone  |  March 30 2014, 1:02PM

    An entertainer who cares about his fans. How refreshing!

    |   14

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