Blackpool stabbing: Woman arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after man stabbed in neck

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A man in his 30s has been taken to hospital and a 35-year-old woman is in custody

A police van in the road

A police van in the road (Image: BPL Bible)

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed in the neck in Blackpool.

Police and paramedics were called to Yorkshire Street shortly after 5am today (May 27) to reports of an assault.

Officers found a man in his 30s with a stab wound to his neck inside a property on the street.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and remains in a ‘stable condition’.

Lancashire Constabulary said a 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

She is currently in custody for questioning.

Pictures sent to LancsLive showed a police presence along several roads in the area and blood along the pavement.

Witnesses reported seeing blood on the corner of the road, at the junction with Yorkshire Street, outside the C Sider Pizza Kebab House.

Police officers were also spotted along Bairstrow Street and Dale Street today, with a police van in attendance.

Police in Blackpool

Police in Blackpool

An investigation is ongoing and no-one else is being sought in connection with the incident.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary said: “We were called to Yorkshire Street, Blackpool at 5.04am today (May 27th) to a report of an assault.

“Officers attended and found a man in his 30s with a stab wound to his neck inside a property on the street. He was taken to hospital for treatment, where he remains in a stable condition.

“A 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.

“Our enquires are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of the incident but no one else is being sought in connection with it.”

Anyone with any information can contact 101 quoting log number 0186 of today’s date.

Boy, 15, has bike stolen at knifepoint by thief in St Annes

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A boy has been left “extremely distressed” after being robbed at knifepoint in St Annes.

The boy, 15, was approached by a man in Hope Street Park at around 5pm on Sunday, March 20.

The man then pulled out a knife and demanded the boy’s bike before making off from the scene.

PC Matt Cross, of West Division police, said: “This incident left a teenage boy extremely distressed and we are working hard to establish who is responsible.

Police believe the offender may have sold the bike fairly quickly. (Credit: Lancashire Police)Police believe the offender may have sold the bike fairly quickly. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

“We believe the offender may have sold the bike on fairly quickly to someone who had no idea it had been stolen.

“If you bought this bike, or if you were offered it for sale, we would ask that you get in touch with us straight away as you may have information that could help with our enquiries.

“Similarly we would ask you to get in touch if you were in the area and saw anything suspicious.”

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The offender has been described as male, around 5ft 7in tall, possibly aged in his late teens.

He was wearing a black puffa jacket with a hood, dark joggers, and a snood that was hiding his face. He also spoke with a local accent.

He left the park on the bike, cycling along Shepherd Road in the direction of the Singleton Stores shop.

The bike was a Voodoo Bantu in black, with blue writing on the frame. It has 18 gears and the name ‘Shimano’ written in white on the brake levers.

Anybody with information has been asked to contact police by calling 101, quoting log number 1260 of March 20th.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at

Blackpool Pleasure Beach boss backtracks over AstraZeneca ‘safety’ comment

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Amanda Thompson said she wishes she had a choice between the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca going forward due to the difference in effectiveness against Covid-19

The boss of Blackpool Pleasure Beach has backtracked after questioning the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Amanda Thompson OBE took to social media on Wednesday evening (May 26) to inform her 10,000 followers that she had had her second dose of the vaccine.

But in doing so, she revealed she “really wanted” the Pfizer vaccine next time, saying she was “scammed by having the AstraZeneca jab as we are not as safe”.

Ms Thompson, who is MD of Pleasure Beach, was referencing the effectiveness of the two vaccines against the Indian variant B1617.2.

Recent Government studies have shown that the Pfizer jab is 88% effective compared to AZ’s 60%.

Ms Thompson later went on to say that it was better to have had it than not and that she merely wanted a choice.

Ms Thompson posted: “Had my second jab. I really want the Pfizer one next time I feel as though we have been scammed by having the AstraZeneca jab as we are not as safe against the virus. But better to have had it than not.”

The tweet saw significant backlash with social media users describing the post as ‘irresponsible’ coming from a person in her position.

“I’m willing to bet people around the world who need a vaccine but haven’t been able to have one yet would love to have swapped places. Shameful, quite frankly.”

Another responded: “Absolutely love BPB [Blackpool Pleasure Beach] and have a lot of respect for you Amanda, but I would caution you to rethink your stance here.

“Real world studies have continuously showed AZ is very effective over time.”

Some offered support, saying: “You should have gone to your GP and got the Pfizer jab. Ignore the haters Amanda. You’re a very intelligent savvy business woman and I think you’re amazing.”

There has been some hesitancy by people over 50 to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, with the vaccine leading to very rare cases of blood clots

Ms Thompson defended herself by simply saying that she wished that she had a choice to receive the Pfizer jab.

She tweeted: “I was simply wishing we had a choice that’s all, I am thankful that I have had both so jabs.

“I believe we should all have them but we do hear difficult stories daily.

“All my friends have had the Pfizer jab in Scotland, Germany, Sweden, USA and London.”

Responding to Ms Thompson, a spokesperson for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency told LancsLive: “No vaccine would be authorised for supply in the UK unless the expected standards of safety, quality and efficacy are met.

“Like all medicines, the vaccine can cause side effects.

“Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. All side effects are listed in the relevant product information.”

Trials are currently under way to see whether Covid vaccines can be mixed. So far, there is no evidence of how a person might react if they have a dose of the AZ and Pfizer vaccine.

Volunteers at Castle Hill Hospital in Yorkshire are having their blood tested to check their immune response and how a mix of vaccines protect them.

The study is looking at eight different combinations, mixing Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Novavax vaccines.

LancsLive contacted Blackpool Pleasure Beach for further comment but they declined to comment.


Lancashire’s new infection rates as cases surge by 63 per cent in a week

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Blackburn with Darwen, Rossendale, Burnley, Hyndburn, Preston, Chorley, Pendle, South Ribble and Ribble Valley stay above the national average with Fylde, Lancaster, Blackpool, West Lancs and Wyre below


Coronavirus infection rates have surged by 63 per cent in one week in Lancashire.

The latest data from Public Health England shows there were 1,051 positive tests across the region in the seven days to May 22.

That is up from 644 cases the previous week – equivalent to a week-on-week rise of 63.1 per cent.

Blackburn with Darwen remains the county’s Covid-19 hotspot with a rate of 313.3 cases per 100,000 people.

Case numbers in the East Lancashire borough have more than doubled in one week from 217 to 469 and surge testing continues to contain the spread of the Indian variant.

It is the second highest infection rate in England behind neighbouring Bolton while Rossendale is fourth on the national table at 137.1.

The Valley has seen weekly case numbers spike by 366 per cent over the period – the third biggest week-on-week rise in England.

Infection rates are rising in 11 out of 14 Lancashire boroughs while Burnley, Hyndburn, Preston, Chorley, Pendle, South Ribble and Ribble Valley also stay above the new national average of 23.5.

The figures, for the seven days to May 22, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The list below has been calculated by the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data published yesterday (May 26) on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

Data for the most recent four days (May 23-26) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Lancashire’s infection rates as of Thursday, May 27

From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 22; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 22; rate of new cases in the seven days to May 15; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to May 15.

Blackburn with Darwen, 313.3, (469), 145.0, (217) ↑

Rossendale, 137.1, (98), 29.4, (21) ↑

Burnley, 82.1, (73), 61.9, (55) ↑

Hyndburn, 80.2, (65), 45.7, (37) ↑

Preston, 56.6, (81), 40.5, (58) ↑

Chorley, 55.0, (65), 47.4, (56) ↑

Pendle, 48.9, (45), 39.1, (36) ↑

South Ribble, 31.6, (35), 21.7, (24) ↑

Ribble Valley, 29.6, (18), 13.1, (8) ↑

— English average: 23.5

Fylde, 22.3, (18), 13.6, (11) ↑

Lancaster, 19.2, (28), 24.7, (36) ↓

Blackpool, 18.6, (26), 33.7, (47) ↓

West Lancashire, 15.7, (18), 12.2, (14) ↑

Wyre, 10.7, (12), 21.4, (24) ↓

Of the 315 local areas in England, 137 (43%) have seen a rise in rates, 162 (51%) have seen a fall and 16 are unchanged.

Bolton continues to have the highest rate, with 1,286 new cases in the seven days to May 22 – the equivalent of 447.2 cases per 100,000 people. This is up from 321.7 in the seven days to May 15.

Bedford has the third highest, up from 127.0 to 202.0, with 350 new cases.

The five areas with the biggest week-on-week rises are:

Blackburn with Darwen (up from 145.0 to 313.3)

Bolton (321.7 to 447.2)

Rossendale (29.4 to 137.1)

Bedford (127.0 to 202.0)

Kirklees (72.1 to 108.5)

Tributes to former Blackpool councillor Barry Cresswell who has died

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Barry Cresswell was a councillor in Blackpool from 1997 to 2000

Barry Cresswell

Barry Cresswell (Image: LDRS)

Tributes have been paid to a former Blackpool councillor with a ‘great sense of humour’ following his death.

Barry Cresswell represented Warbreck from 1997 until 2000, and then Brunswick before retiring to the Mediterranean island of Gozo in 2007 with his wife Maureen, also a former councillor.

He was remembered by former colleagues who paid tribute to him at the annual meeting of the council.

Councillor Kath Benson described him as being “passionate about improving educational outcomes” as well as “full of common sense and with a great sense of humour”.

Mr Cresswell, who had moved back to the UK to live in Skegness, died on March 29.

He faced tragedy in his life in 2012 when his son Patrick, 46, was killed in a motorbike crash on Mythop Road in Staining along with his partner Suzanne Smith.

Tributes were also paid at the meeting to nine-year-old Jordan Banks who died after being struck by lightning, and to former council democratic services manager Richard Ainsley with a minutes silence held to remember all three.

Blackpool Heritage Trams future uncertain amid £1m bid to fix faulty building

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“The roof is not only the most expensive single item on our To Do List, it’s also the most essential to keep out the elements, protect the fleet and make less onerous, the remaining repairs.”

Two heritage trams in front the famous Blackpool tower

Two heritage trams in front the famous Blackpool tower (Image: Right Move)

The team behind Blackpool Transport’s Heritage Trams have expressed that they need to obtain vital funding in order to carry on.

The vintage vehicles have been running for more than 100 years, mostly as a visitor experience since 2014, and led largely by a team of volunteers.

Housed and maintained at the Rigby Road bus depot, there is now an urgent need for funding in order to build a new roof and preserve the historic vehicles.


The current building, which houses a fleet of more than 35 vintage trams, is in vital need of renovation.

The roof must be completely replaced first in order to prevent water ingress, quickly followed by regeneration of the building to give better structural integrity and protect the trams from the torrent of Fylde Coast wind and rain.

Two heritage trams near the pier in Blackpool

Two heritage trams near the pier in Blackpool (Image: Blackpool Heritage Trams)

Bryan Lindop, head of heritage at Blackpool Transport said “Replacing our roof is the first step on a journey that will secure the future for our famous trams in their rightful home, whilst underpinning our strategy to develop a long-term vision for a visitor attraction.

“The roof is not only the most expensive single item on our To Do List, it’s also the most essential to keep out the elements, protect the fleet and make less onerous, the remaining repairs.”

Until recent years there wasn’t a long-term intention for the transport operator to continue the running of Blackpool’s Heritage Trams.

The renovation of the Blackpool Tramway and introduction of modern, light rail trams in 2012 replaced the operation of the now Heritage Trams.

It is only the dedication of a team of volunteers and collaborative working with partners across the resort, which has enabled the vehicles to continue to delight residents and visitors to Blackpool’s seafront.

Blackpool Heritage has now launched an ambitious fundraiser seeking £1million in donations from people all over the world. This will enable the first, most costly, and most important part of the restoration plans to begin which is the installation of a new roof.

HMS Blackpool Tram

HMS Blackpool Tram (Image: Blackpool Heritage Trams)

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours has served more than a quarter of a million customers over the past seven years, playing an important part in Blackpool’s cultural, educational and heritage offering.

The famous Blackpool Illuminations also depend on the show stopping illuminated trams to bring the seasonal event to life, all of which are operated from the Rigby Road Depot.

Bryan Lindop added: “Whilst a million pounds is deceptively easy to say, I fully recognise it’s a big ask, but when all’s said and done, it’s a big roof!

“I have always believed in the incredible power of lots of people working collectively together for a common cause, and a lot of people making a small contribution can have a major impact on the outcome. Will you help us raise the roof?”

You can find out more about this exciting project at

Raid on Blackpool terraced house unearths £150k drug farm

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The sophisticated set-up was spread across ‘adjoining properties on the same street’

Police have seized drugs worth £150,000

Police have seized drugs worth £150,000

Drugs worth a total of £150,000 have been seized by police following a raid at a terraced property in Blackpool.

Officers executed a warrant at the address and found hundreds of plants growing inside.

The sophisticated set-up spread across ‘adjoining properties on the same street’ and included lights, fans and other growing equipment.

They also found the electricity meter had been tampered with and bypassed.

Andrew Snowden, Lancashire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner, joined officers on the raid last Thursday (May 20).

This morning he released pictures of the drugs haul and made a pledge to working along police to ‘disrupt and tackle organised crime’.

Andrew Snowden, Lancashire's new Police and Crime Commissioner, speaking to an officer involved in the raid

Andrew Snowden, Lancashire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner, speaking to an officer involved in the raid

A post on the LPCC Facebook page this morning (May 24) read: “Last Thursday, Andrew joined officers on a drugs warrant in Blackpool where £150k worth of drugs were recovered.

“Criminals had bypassed the electricity meter with clear signs of not only endangering the household itself but also adjoining properties on the same street.

“As Commissioner, Andrew is committed to working alongside the Constabulary to disrupt and tackle organised crime and to bring criminals to justice.”

The name of the street has not been disclosed and no arrests have been reported.

CBeebies’ Octonauts adventure coming to Blackpool SEA LIFE

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Families can become ‘captain’ for the day with the immersive CBeebies’ Octonauts trail at Blackpool SEA LIFE

Octonauts at SEA LIFE

Octonauts at Sea Life Centre

An immersive trail featuring CBeebies’ Octonauts is set to take families on a journey filled with the ocean’s most weird and wonderful activities at Blackpool SEA LIFE.

Families can join Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Peso the Medic for the new deep sea adventure from June 12.

Young recruits and their families will begin their mission as soon as they arrive, acting as ‘captain’ for the day. Guests will scour the site to search for Captain Barnacles, who has gone missing after an undersea storm swept him away as he checked up on local coral.

The new, young captains will collect clues to locate Barnacles, all while learning about ocean dwelling creatures, including turtles, sharks, octopuses, rays and penguins.

Every captain needs a hat, and all explorers will receive one to make and wear (and then take home) whilst discovering the secrets of the seven seas.

On completing their mission, all recruits can claim a special certificate. What’s more, daily entertainment includes everything from Octonauts bingo and character drawing, to fancy dress mask making and even creature singalongs

Post-mission, all honorary Octonauts are encouraged to find out about SEA LIFE’s many conservation programmes and other creatures of the seas.

For those looking for some extra fun and learning during their visit, creature cards with facts and activities will be available via the SEA LIFE website.

Octonauts runs at SEA LIFE in Blackpool until July 11 , with prices starting at £9.95. For information and to pre-book tickets at your chosen SEA LIFE location, please visit

The adventure is also running at other SEA LIFE centres across the UK:

SEA LIFE Site Start Date End Date
Weymouth 12th June 11th July
Brighton 12th June 11th July
Great Yarmouth 12th June 11th July
Hunstanton 12th June 11th July
Scarborough 12th June 11th July
Bray 12th June 11th July
Blackpool 12th June 11th July
Manchester 12th June 11th July
Birmingham 12th June 11th July
London 12th June 11th July

Volunteers still wanted for Blackpool saxophone trials that could help asthma sufferers

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Music tutors at a Blackpool school are still looking for volunteers to take part in a saxophone trial that could help improve the breathing of those living with asthma.

The Blackpool Music School (BMS) in Waterloo Road, Marton, was awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery to help people with breathing difficulties.

The Gazette was invited last week by BMS chairman and founder John Shaw to have a go on one of the instruments.
BMS saxophone tutor Ray Jones and reporter James Graves

They replicate all the controls of a brass saxophone while being much lighter and they can also be programmed to play tunes wirelessly through speakers.

John said the trials are a chance for asthma sufferers to help themselves but also potentially many others.

John said: “We have four volunteers but we are still looking for four more to take part in the 12-month trials.

“We are hoping to prove that with regular use of a wind instrument this can assist with controlled breathing.

Four more volunteers are wanted for the trialFour more volunteers are wanted for the trial

“If someone is a diagnosed asthmatic we believe we can help them, and we will be able to show them how to control their breathing, which may help reduce any asthma attacks in the future.

“We are hoping all the monitoring information and data we gain from the trial will be recorded by a research team or doctor.

“This can then be passed onto the health teams and researchers and the results should show that musical instruments may be able to help with medical conditions such as asthma.”

John hopes a doctor will be able to help with the research and is trying to get one from the resort on board with a fee also included for their help.

Each of the volunteers will be using electric saxophones, which cost more than £400.

BMS saxophone tutor Ray Jones said: “They really are a fantastic bit of kit and, for the people taking part in the trial the instruments, will really help them along the way.”

The trials are free but there is a £24 monthly cost for insurance purposes.

Blackpool entertainer Joey Blower’s prostate cancer diagnosis as he embarks on male awareness campaign

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“If just one person goes to my show and then goes to book a test I know I’m doing something right.”

58-year-old Blackpool entertainer Joey Blower

58-year-old Blackpool entertainer Joey Blower (Image: Joey Blower)

Blackpool entertainer Joey Blower has been entertaining audiences, young and old in the town, since 1993.

Originally from Stockport, the 58-year-old has become a well-loved comedy legend and his shows, though a bit naughty and cheeky at times, aim to be truthful and honest often “telling it like is it.”

During his career of almost 30 years in the town, he raised close to a million pounds for different charities.

This includes over £210,000 given to Cancer Research and £38,000 to Jack Rigby, the son of Lee Rigby.

Comedians often draw on their own painful and personal experiences to tell their stories on stage and now the dad-of-two, who has a four-year-old and an older son, is drawing upon his own experience using his comic skills and his platform to get out a very serious message to a much wider audience.

Around six weeks ago, Joey rather unexpectedly found out he had prostate cancer and has had a rather unique journey in the lead up to his diagnosis – so much so that there aspects that he would now like to highlight to raise awareness.

Around two years ago the entertainer went on holiday with his family to Thailand and came across an offer for the equivalent of £50 for 18 different kinds of blood tests.

Comedian Joey Blower has raised almost £1m for different charities in his career

Comedian Joey Blower has raised almost £1m for different charities in his career (Image: Joey Blower)

Everything came back fine however he was told his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels produced by his prostate were high which could be an indication of cancer.

“This was completely contradictory to what I was told abroad and now looking back I realised I should have had an MRI scan a lot earlier on because a scan eventually revealed undefinable growth,” Joey told LancsLive.

“They gave me a choice of whether to go for a biopsy or choose for it to be maintained.”

“I think to be given this choice was a mistake as most men are going to choose for it to be maintained and looking back I should have gone for the biopsy. ”

Blackpool comedian Joey Blower on stage

Blackpool comedian Joey Blower on stage (Image: Joey Blower)

Joey’s cancer diagnosis didn’t come until around six weeks ago when he visited the Ear, Nose and Throat department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital about an ulcer at the back of this throat.

Whilst at his appointment he was asked about what medication he was on and when Joey answered about high blood pressure the doctor then asked ‘what about your prostate cancer?’.

Joey stated he hadn’t had the results back yet to which the doctor told him his PSA levels were very high at 11.1.

After a call to the Urology department, it was revealed that Joey did in fact have prostate cancer and the hospital apologised for the way he found out.

Joey said: “I was initially shocked and upset and it was very distressing having to go home and tell my family. I’ve accepted what’s happened however and I honestly can’t say anything bad about the hospital as they’ve been wonderful.

“I’m now working as an ambassador with staff there to raise an awareness for prostate cancer.

“I don’t attach any blame to the amazing hospital staff for what happened but I think generally, when people are getting test results for any kind of cancer, there should be something like a red sticker on the files to show that the results haven’t been disclosed to the patient yet.”

Joey with Irish comedian Frank Carson

Joey with Irish comedian Frank Carson (Image: Joey Blower)

The comedian is now on a mission to raise awareness of prostate cancer as before his diagnosis he had no symptoms at all.

Joey came up with a simple, low cost, but effective idea to bring it into awareness.

As every public toilet has a male symbol at the entrance, Joey recognised that if this character was wearing a badge or it was underlined with ‘prostate cancer awareness’ followed by questions such as ‘do you know the symptoms’ it would get into the public consciousness a lot more.

Together with a sticker of symptoms placed either over or a sink or a urinal , the men’s toilets seems the best place to start and Joey approached Prostate Cancer UK with this idea .

Unfortunately the organisation said is not in a position to be able to implement this on a wide scale, particularly due to Covid-19, however they were more than happy to provide the logo if it was something he could begin.

Prostate Cancer UK logo

Prostate Cancer UK logo

Joey added: “I’m sure that service stations, football clubs, councils and many others would happily get involved even hospitals. There are campaigns like this which have worked amazingly such as the pink ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness.

“I think a large part of the problem is the symptoms of prostate cancer can be particularly embarrassing. Men don’t want to necessarily talk about erectile dysfunctions, dry cum, urinary and excremental leakage.

“The doctor’s finger up the bum is also something men don’t want to go through however it lasts 30 seconds and can save your life.

“There’s also a misconception that prostate cancer is nothing to worry about because it’s so treatable. This is not the case and the treatment can have horrendous side effects similar to what to what woman in the menopause go through.

“Removal of your prostate is certainly no free lunch either. It’s vital that more men from around the age of 50 onwards need to go and get tested and start talking about their symptoms.”

After exploring every treatment available for his stage of cancer it has been agreed that Proton Beam Therapy is the best option for Joey’s quality of life post surgery.

This treatment is likely to cost in excess of £40,000 so a JustGiving page has been set up to try and raise funds so he can go to Prague for the treatment.

The target has been set a lot lower at £25,000 and anything that goes above will go to his four-year-old daughter Olivia to secure her future as there is always a worry that a secondary cancer could come back.

The entertainer feels more embarrassed about the page being set up and accepting donations however than he does talking about his own symptoms.

Joey Blower with cheque for Cancer Research for over £28,000

Joey Blower with cheque for Cancer Research for over £28,000 (Image: Joey Blower)

Joey said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and to be honest, I was quite embarrassed by the page being set up but so many people have made donations and contributed that it would be disrespectful for me not to accept.

“To be honest, it’s more about raising awareness and the lovely messages I’ve been sent for me which have kept going.

“Although prostate cancer isn’t a funny subject I have worked it into my shows and want to highlight in a humorous but hard hitting way.

“So far I’ve had around 20 people who have heard my story and gone to get tested. If just one person goes to my show and then goes to book a test I know I’m doing something right.”

To find out more about Joey’s prostate awareness campaign, and to donate to the cost of his Proton Beam Therapy, please visit the Just Giving Page here