AS hapless bouncers Max and Paddy they were Bolton’s best known comic duo and now Peter Kay and Paddy McGuinness are being asked to reunite one more time and return to where it all began — at nursery school.

Alexandra Nursery in Daubhill, where the pair first clapped eyes on each other as toddlers, is celebrating its 40th anniversary next month with a special open day to which former staff and pupils — including Paddy and Peter — are invited.

Headteacher Barbara Kenny said: “Peter and Paddy both came to the nursery. It would be brilliant if both of them came back.

“It would be great if they could come in and join us for the open day. They have gone on to great things and are famous, and they met here.

“Children who come here go on to do great things. The open day will be a celebration of the nursery over the past 40 years.”

It was when the nursery was making arrangements for the anniversary celebrations that staff came across pictures of Paddy while he was there.

Mrs Kenny said: “When Peter was presented the Royal Variety Show a few years ago he introduced Paddy McGuinness and said that they became friends when they first met at Alexandra Nursery.

“Last year Peter was back at the nursery taking pictures and I ran out to talk to him and had my picture taken with him.”

Peter and stayed pals throughout their childhood, both attending Mount St Joseph High School, in Farnworth.

They went on to star in the Channel 4 show Phoenix Nights, famously playing doormen Max and Paddy, with Peter also playing Phoenix Club landlord Brian Potter.

Both have also forged successful solo careers as stand-up comedians, while Paddy also hosts hit ITV show Take Me Out.