A Peter Kay tribute act is selling out after the comedian cancelled his tour.
The 44-year-old star was set to embark on his first live stand up tour in eight years this April but had to axe his shows due to unforeseen family circumstances, and now Peter lookalike, comedian Lee Lard, is selling out arenas in his place.
One promoter told the Daily Star newspaper: "To say Lee's show has bridged a gap is an understatement.
"He is utterly brilliant and performs a heart-felt tribute to the main man. Thanks to Lee thousands of fans are still able to get their Peter Kay fix."
Lee is to perform at more than 200 stand-up gigs this year across Britain, Spain, the Canary Islands, Jersey and the Isle of Wight.
Peter announced his return to the stage last year after successfully writing and starring in two series of comedy show "Peter Kay's Car Share".
He said: "I really miss it. I know how lucky I am to be making television series and have really loved these past few years working on "Car Share", but I miss doing stand-up."
However, he sadly had to cancel his show due to unforeseen circumstances.
In a statement posted on his official Twitter account last year, he said: "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. (sic)"