Comedian Peter Kay will return to the stage in April to be the DJ at six charity dance-a-thon events which will raise funds for cancer research in the UK.

Irish fans were among the thousands disappointed when the Lancashire comedian cancelled a nationwide tour in 2017 due to 'unforeseen family circumstances'.

A post to the comedian's Twitter page this morning confirmed that a Dance For Life event to raise money for Cancer Research UK will see Kay 'returning to the decks' for events in Manchester, Liverpool and London in April and May.

The entertainer has kept a low profile since his sudden withdrawal from showbiz in 2017. His last stage appearance was his address to an audience gathered to see three charity screenings of of his BBC comedy Car Share in April 2018. The screenings raised money for The Lily Foundation, which supports children with mitochondrial disease. The comedian has had 'first-hand experience of' the condition, which was mentioned in publicity for the screenings at the time.

Earlier this year, the star confirmed that he was planning a movie version of his hugely-popular TV series Phoenix Nights.

Kay's cancelled 2017 tour would have taken in six Irish dates at both Dublin’s 3Arena and the SSE Arena in Belfast. In a statement posted on his official Twitter account at the time, the comedian declared: "Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects. This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance For Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments. My sincerest apologies.

"This decision has not been taken lightly and I'm sure you'll understand my family must always come first."I've always endeavoured to protect my family's privacy from the media.

I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. "Once again, I'm very sorry."

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