Fleetwood star tenor Alfie Boe has had to cancel the latest show in his UK arena tour due to a throat infection.
Last night the singer was due to perform at the Brighton Centre on the south coast.
But shortly before 4pm, just hours before curtain up, he had to pull out of the show, on medical advice.
In a series of messages on social media website Twitter, he thanked fans for their well wishes and said: “Can’t begin to express how disappointed and sad I feel to have to cancel in Brighton. I will be back soon. So so sorry.”
This was followed by a statement from his headquarters, reading: “Regrettably Alfie has been required to postpone tonight’s show at the Brighton Centre due to doctor’s advice. Apologies to fans for the late notice tonight. All tickets valid for the re-scheduled date - further details will follow asap.”
Earlier in the tour, at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, he was joined on stage by members of Blackpool’s Jelly Theatre youth company - after they bombarded him with messages via Twitter when they were staging Les Miserables at the Lowther Pavilion in July.
After cast members sent thousands of #GetAlfieBoeToOurShow messages he eventually replied and gave his apologies.
After then seeing YouTube video clips of the show, which made his name, he then invited them to the tour show.
* The latest announcement in the build-up to the newly rebranded Lytham Festival has seen Trinity Hospice revealed as the week-long event’s charity partner.
Yesterday afternoon event organisers’ Cuffe and Taylor director Peter Taylor teased: “I think of all the Lytham Festival announcements, the one tonight is what I’m most proud of”, on social media site Twitter at head of the 6pm reveal online.
In a brief video Trinity’s clinical director Julie Huttley said it was a ‘privilege’ to join the event, adding: “I am really excited for us as it’s our 30th anniversary year next year.”
The festival will take place at venues across town from August 2 to 9.