An Urmston crooner is to return to the stage after a sudden illness left him out of action last month.

Wayne Devlin spent more than 10 days in hospital, with a number of readers contacting The Messenger and asking after him out of concern.

According to Wayne, who is an ex-columnist for the newspaper, he is now back in action and preparing for a return to the stage next month.

The crooner is the MC for Christmas at The Venue, an event organised by Urmston Freemasons on November 24.

As well as Wayne, the entertainment on Westbourne Road includes Urmston Musical Theatre and the choirs from Urmston Grammar School, St Mary's Primary, Urmston Primary, Woodhouse Primary and Wellacre Academy.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Trafford are to be in attendance, as are 'one or two famous faces'.

Wayne told The Messenger: "I'd like to thank The Messenger readers for their concern while I was in hospital and I was recovering at home. I'm pleased to say I'm back to full health again now and I'm so much looking forward to being on stage again and performing for our wonderful community, I've really missed doing so.

"I hope to see you all at this event and I'm excited to welcome Christmas to the area with you all – see you there."

Admission to Christmas at The Venue is free and there are also free mince pies and mulled wine. The bar is open and there are sweets for all children who attend.

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This article was written by Jack Tooth. Jack is the reporter for The Messenger and covers anything and everything from within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford.

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