Family support for ‘incredible’ Shane

Centre, David Hasselhoff, with Shane Richie Jnr, second from right, plus (from left) his brother Jake Roche, mum Coleen Nolan and dad Shane Richie at press night for Last Night A DJ Saved My Life at Blackpool Opera House
Centre, David Hasselhoff, with Shane Richie Jnr, second from right, plus (from left) his brother Jake Roche, mum Coleen Nolan and dad Shane Richie at press night for Last Night A DJ Saved My Life at Blackpool Opera House
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It was a family reunion as celebs lined up on the red carpet at Blackpool Opera House for a musical world premiere.

Divorced couple Coleen Nolan and Shane Richie were back in town together, to support son Shane Richie Jnr as he appeared in new production Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.

The cast of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

The cast of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

And with pop star Jake Roche, who uses his dad’s real surname, also in town with his Rixton band mates there was much to celebrate.

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life opened at the Opera House on Friday for previews, with Tuesday’s official world premiere playing to a packed house.

Shane Jnr stars alongside TV legend David Hasselhoff, ex-Hollyoaks and The Bill actress Kim Tiddy and The Voice 2015 contestant Stephanie Webber.

Also enjoying the show, and the after party at the Winter Gardens’ Spanish Hall, were young Coronation Street star Alex Bain, who plays Simon Barlow, Blackpool’s musical theatre star Jodie Prenger, and Dancing On Ice’s Dan Whiston.

Proud mum, Blackpool-born Coleen was delighted at her eldest son’s performance - having been given a day off her Loose Women presenting duties to be able to make the trip to her home town.

“He was dying of nerves at the start, and who can blame him, not just because we were all there but it being in front you your home town,” she said.

“Shane Jnr went into it like he’d been doing it forever, and it’s a real feel good cheese-fest of a show.

“Loose Women gave me the day off so I could be here - I had to be here; I’m aware I’ve been to support Jake in so much of what he’s done, and I’m so proud of them both.

“I’d love to see Shane Jnr do more of this, he’ll learn and gain confidence from it too.”

And his younger brother Jake, joined by band mates Lewi Morgan, Charlie Bagnall and fellow Blackpool lad Danny Wilkin, was just as impressed with the performance.

“Me and the boys are here working on the new album so we are really excited to come and support Shane and the cast,” he said. “He was very, very, very good.

“He tours with his own band but I try to go and see them, but he’s just got it; he’s incredible.”