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Peter Kay made a surprise appearance at his sell-out screening of the last two episodes of Car Share.
Fans packed out the Blackpool Opera House at the charity screening last night when the 44-year-old comedian popped on stage.
His appearance at the end of the first half of the screening saw audiences rise to their feet to give him a standing ovation.
In footage shared on social media, Kay can be heard thanking people for attending and supporting the charity, before adding: "Enjoy the last ever episode of Car Share. Don't tell anyone the end. Or tell anyone about any hedgehogs."
He then bowed as he left the stage, saying: "So thank you. Lots of love, enjoy, take care, bye-bye."
Kate Atkinson, who was at the screening, told the Manchester Evening News: "I was just pleased to see him there. It was extra special tonight that he introduced the second half.
"He just said thanks for coming, thanks for supporting the charity and then specifically mentioned parts of the finale that we were not to post online."
"To everyone who shouted 'I love you', he responded in kind. It was difficult to hear everything as the cheering was so loud."
On social media fans were equally as happy with the screening and surprise appearance of Kay:
It was amazing seeing #peterkayscarshare including the final 2 episodes that haven't aired yet, and the night was made even better by the man himself making a surprise appearance. Haven't laughed that much in a while! #peterkay#thelilyfoundation @4Lilyfoundation @peterkay_co_uk
- Torixx (@Toriixx904) April 7, 2018
The fact that peter Kay turned up completes my life
- LucyJadeGaunt (@lucygaunt3) April 7, 2018
Just got back to the hotel after attending the #CarShare finale screening. I don't want to spoil anyone but I just want to say thank you so much to @peterkay_co_uk, @Sianygibby, @PColemanchester, and @gillisles for the best experience of my life. :heart:
- Amy :sparkles: (@_chandelierbing) April 6, 2018
The three screenings, which show the series finale and an improv-episode, were raising money for the Lily Foundation - a charity which helps children with mitochondrial disease.
In a statement, Kay said: "I've had first-hand experience of the foundation's work and I'm proud to raise both awareness and much needed funds to help with the inspiring work they provide to children and their families."
Tickets for the original event sold out in minutes, so two more dates were added, which also sold-out in no time.
The footage of Kay was filmed by Twitter user Carla Seath, who is also raising funds for a memorial to Eilidh MacLeod - one of the 22 people who tragically lost their lives in the Manchester arena attack in May 2017.
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