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Comedian Jason Manford weighs in on Derby takeaways debate ahead of city show

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Top comic Jason Manford has weighed in on the debate around the number of takeaways in Derby. The comedian will visit the city’s arena as part of this nationwide Like Me tour on Friday, September 30.

He describes recent calls for fewer takeaways after the release of a report outlining increased child obesity levels as a “hiding to nothing”. He also added that outdoor activities should be prioritised instead.

Mr Manford said: “I don’t think less takeaways is going to fix it, there needs to be more parks and more stuff for kids to do. I don’t think you can stop businesses if kids like a burger, they’ll capitalise on that. It’s on the parents.”

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Elsewhere, the comedian, an actor and singer, thinks that the fact that Derby may be in line for a new theatre is “great news”. He said: “That’s great news, especially for the people of Derby. We need these theatres.

“Take pantos, they are one off shows featuring someone dressing up on a Friday night, people need an outlet somewhere.”

The funny man also told Derbyshire Live that he has spent many a happy time in Derbyshire, including playing many times at the old assembly rooms. That was helped, in part, by his ex-wife hailing from Ashbourne, on the Peak District border.

He said: “I’ve not been for a number of years. My ex-wife was from there so I spent a lot of time in Derbyshire, over in Ashbourne.

“I spent a lot of time in Matlock, and I remember the old assembly rooms – always a great venue and always loved playing there. I played there a lot. I bet it’s all changed really given it’s been seven or eight years since I was last in Derby city centre.”

Mr Manford is looking forward to returning to the stage later this year, adding: “It was a hell of a thing changing 260 dates. It was stressful but we got there. Gigs are back and it’s been fantastic having live events again.”

“I’m looking forward to getting into the area. We’ll make a real night of it, we’ll have a DJ playing from when you arrive and a support act with music. We’ll make the most of it, have a rave, dance and a sing.

“It will be a good couple of hours to forget about the madness of the last couple of years and have a bit of a laugh at the craziness of lockdown. It has been unique to humankind, it’s incredible that we survived something like that together. I’m looking forward to that and guarantee that it’s going to be a good night out.”

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