BOLTON comedian Dave Spikey is being honoured by the RSPCA for his work with animals.

The star of Phoenix Nights will be presented with the James Newton Memorial trophy at a ceremony next week.

The annual trophy is given in memory of a former RSPCA chairman for acts of compassion towards animals.

Spikey's work with the Animals Asia Foundation, which is campaigning to stop bear farming, and his support - as patron - of the Pets Rehome charity, have earned him the honour.

He and wife, Kay, who will be presented with the award on Monday, even adopted a dog from the charity.

All the profits from his recent stand-up show in Wigan - part of his The Best Medicine tour - were also donated to the Bolton branch of Pet Rehome.

Kathy Kay, of the Bolton RSPCA branch, said: "We are extremely grateful to them both for taking the time in their busy schedules to put animals first."