Jason Manford buys audience round of drinks to apologise for being late – and picks up tab for £3,500

Manford later tweeted an image of the huge bill and said it had ‘seemed like a good idea’ at the time

The comedian Jason Manford apologised to fans for being late to a gig in Lincoln by promising to buy them all a drink – and ended up with a bill for more than £3,500.

The audience of 850 people was expecting the show to begin at 7.30pm – and for the bar to close 10 minutes beforehand – until Manford posted a message on Facebook telling them he was stuck in traffic.

Already running 15 minutes late, the comedian said he had spoken to staff at the Engine Shed venue and asked them to give everyone a drink “to relieve the boredom till I arrive with my show”.

He wrote: “Lincoln, I’ll be there in 25 minutes, go to the bar and get yourself a drink… Don’t be ordering doubles you cheeky bastards!”

The gesture received a predictably warm response on social media as people rushed to the bar – and people were even more impressed when Manford later posted a picture of the receipts he was given at the end.

The image showed a grand total tab of £3,532.40, and the comedian added: “Seemed like good idea to offer free drink cos of lateness! But shoulda added Kopparberg to the banned list of drinks!”

Abbi Quinn, venue manager for the Tower Bars and Engine Shed, told the Lincolnshire Echo the gesture was unprecedented – and entirely Manford's idea.

“It was very generous of him,” she said. “When he finally got to Lincoln he rushed upstairs, changed his shirt and went straight on and delivered a fantastic show.”

Responding on Twitter while Manford was still on his way, audience-member Lorna Sims Byrne (‏@MissLanor) wrote: “Jason Manford is late for gig tonight cos of roadworks - so he is buying his whole audience a drink. No other artist would do that. Respect.”

Later, Sam Bell (‏@mrsslbell) said: “@JasonManford you were well worth the wait!”

And Twitter user “TheSilverFox” (‏@Dougieton) said today: “Great gesture last night, nice to see, but it sets an expensive precedent for you! #canneverbelateagain.”

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Ashdown Group: Human Resources Manager

£28000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: A successful organisation...

Recruitment Genius: Internal Recruiter - Manufacturing

£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Internal Recruiter (manufact...

Ashdown Group: HR Manager (CIPD) - Barking / East Ham - £50-55K

£50000 - £55000 per annum + 25 days holidays & benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Man...

Recruitment Genius: Operations / Project Manager

£40000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This software company specialis...

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones