HALIFAX’s star of the stage Neil Hurst will be returning to the Christmas panto for the third year running – and with a new addition to his family.
Little Aimee Hurst was born just last week to Neil and his wife Emily, who also have daughter Katie, three.
Neil said: “Katie came to the show last year. At the end I got her up on stage, singing and dancing with her dad. And this year I have a second baby.
“I won’t bring Aimee on stage though – not this time. I’ll wait until she can walk.”
Former Brooksbank School pupil Neil said he would quite like it if his daughters followed him into showbiz.
“I’d love it if they could. It would be great. My eldest is quite bright though – she might get a proper job.”
This year Neil has been touring with comics Cannon and Ball and has spent the summer season on stage in Blackpool with Billy Pearce.
But he still calls his Christmas panto at the Victoria Theatre his “favourite gig of the year” – having played Buttons in Cinderella in 2009 and Josh the jester in Sleeping Beauty in 2011
“It’s my favourite gig of the year – by a long shot. This year, playing Wishee Washee, I get to work in the laundry and am always getting covered in foam and custard pies in the face, that sort of thing. I love it.
“It’s going to be a good show. It’s always a good family atmosphere in that theatre.”
Neil has opened his extensive contacts book to enlist the help of some famous faces for a performance at the Victoria in aid of Overgate Hospice’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
The Billy Pearce Big Nite Out, which also features The Grumbleweeds and other stars yet to be named, will take place on October 19.