A CELEBRATION of the life of Victoria Wood will take place at The Met, which is putting on a special one-off performance on what would have been her birthday ­— May 18.

The Bury-born writer, comedian, performer and director's friends and colleagues will join together for a night of music, comedy and memories in support of Bury Hospice.

Director Noreen Kershaw has assembled a variety evening very much in what she described as "the spirit of one of Britain’s best loved entertainers".

Actors Thelma Barlow and Duncan Preston, co-stars from Victoria’s popular sitcom Dinnerladies, will be sharing memories and discussing what made Victoria such a popular performer.

Entertainment on the night will come from names including the Bolton Bullfrog Bernard Wrigley, singer of songs Graham Lappin, plus memories and monologues from Sally Bankes. Oldham-born Coronation Street and Dinnerladies actress Shobna Gulati looks set to provide one of the highlights of the evening, performing the much-loved ‘Ballad of Barry and Freda.’ Liz Hume-Dawson will be the ‘Woman In Queue’ and Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening, with more guests to be announced.

Artistic Director at The Met David Agnew said:"Victoria Wood’s impact and influence is something that is still felt by so many of the artists and comedians that come to Bury, as well as so many people who enjoy music and comedy in the town, that we really felt this was the right time to bring together a celebration event.

"We are incredibly lucky that we have Noreen Kershaw as a regular audience member and patron of The Met who is the perfect person to bring together a cast of Victoria’s friends and co-stars."

Bury-born actor and director Noreen added: "I once played a carrot for Victoria Wood! It’s a privilege to remember such a special person and talent ... and for those memories to go towards helping such a special place as Bury Hospice."

The show takes place on May 18 at 7.30pm.

Tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, April 23 at www.themet.org.uk or on 0161 761 2216