Nation’s favourite is back on stage

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ALFIE Boe is on the verge of selling out two nights in his hometown.

The local lad made good plays the Opera House in Winter Gardens on April 11 and 12.

The first night is a sell-out, and there are only a handful of seats remaining for the show 24 hours later

Boe - last seen in these parts when he headlined Lytham Proms last summer - has talked about his excitement at performing in front of a Blackpool crowd.

The two shows round off a 15-date national tour - his biggest yet - which sees Boe perform at the Manchester Arena, the Birmingham NIA and two sell-out gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

As if seeing the main man himself wasn’t enough, Boe has just announced his special guest for the shows will be rising star Emilia Mitiku.

Her new album I Belong To You has received rave reviews and her single You’re Not Right For Me was last week’s record of the week on BBC Radio 2.

“To be a special guest of someone who is one of the UK’s most loved male singers is a real honour for me and I can’t wait to play some iconic UK venues like the Royal Albert Hall,” Emilia said.

“I hope it will be a wonderful evening of music for the audiences to enjoy.”

No doubt who most people are coming to see though - Mr Boe, who’s career has been nothing short of incredible. Born and bred in Fleetwood, he was famously encouraged by a customer at the TVR car factory where he worked to audition for an opera company.

Aged 19, he turned up in lumberjack shirt, jeans, boots, looked at the posh suits and ball gowns, and thought “I don’t fit here.” Turns out he did, becoming one of the nation’s favourite entertainers. His background hasn’t always helped him - once dismissed by a lofty intellectual as a “car mechanic” who “sings rather well”.

But 39-year-old Boe has had the last laugh - he’s a principal opera singer, the definitive Jean Valjean in Les Miserable (sorry Hugh Jackman but it’s true), rocked the royals at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert and sang the official Olympic anthem One Vision.

Next comes the gigs at the Opera House, which should be something special for both Boe and the audience.

You’ll have to be quick if you want tickets though - call 0844 856 1111 to check availability. Tickets priced £25.00 to £47.50.