Massive outpouring of support from fans after Peter Kay cancels tour due to 'unforeseen circumstances' relating to family
Fans have shared warm wishes for comedian Peter Kay after he cancelled his first live tour in eight years due to "unforeseen family circumstances".
The hotly-anticipated string of UK and Ireland dates stretching across 2018 and 2019 had been due to kick off in Birmingham in April.
In a statement shared on Twitter on Wednesday, Kay announced he would be dropping all upcoming live projects, including his Dance For Life charity shows.
As he shared his "sincerest apologies", his words were met with a wave of support from followers.
One commented: "Omg wishing you and your family well. It's quite right to put your family first xx."
Family first @peterkay_co_uk You bring so much joy and laughter to so many lives, including me and my family. We were looking forward to seeing you in Dublin but your message has left us with only concern for you and your family and not our entertainment xxx— JulieM (@speak2julie) December 13, 2017
Another added sympathetically: "Peter, people will understand don't worry! Family life is more important than anything... Hope the reason for the cancelation gets better... big HUGS coming to your family!!!"
One person responded: "Gutting news for anyone who bought Peter Kay tickets. More importantly it sounds like something serious has occurred though. Hope him and his family are all okay. Top comedian."
@peterkay_co_uk My sister and I were booked to see you in Dublin and wanted to say we totally understand and are sending all our love and best wishes ❤❤❤— Colleen Collins (@fran2col) December 13, 2017
While many others said they were similarly "gutted" and some aired their disappointment over Twitter, one person commented: "So sad that Peter Kay has had to cancel his tour. Family always comes first and people need to realise that."
Another said: "No need to be sorry. Family always comes first!"
Understandable Peter. Nothing comes before family. I hope whatever you are going through works out well in the end and that people respect your wishes. See you in Dublin the next time. ☘️🇮🇪— Karl O'Shaughnessy (@OShaughnessyK) December 13, 2017
The news comes just weeks after Kay tripled his original tour line-up due to popular demand, extending the original 26-gig schedule to more that 80 dates across cities.
Earlier in the year he also announced an intimate one-off charity gig in Blackpool in aid of Children In Need.
Hope you and your family are OK. Whatever your reasons for cancelling the tour, they are your own business but it must have been a hard decision to make. Don't you worry though we will all be there to cheer you on next time you come back to Dublin. God bless.— amagnew (@amagnew) December 13, 2017
Kay's statement promised refunds for all arena tour and Dance For Life tickets and advised customers to contact their point of purchase with queries.Peter Kay cancels tour: 'I'm sure you'll understand my family must always come first'