DAVE Spikey was caught in "horrendous traffic" prior to his showcase at Bolton Albert Halls tonight after a vehicle fire on the M61.

It is understood the comedian was held up in the major traffic jam that ensued following a lorry fire and diesel spillage this afternoon.

There were long tail backs as a result of two lane closures on the southbound carriageway between Junction 8 for Chorley and Junction 6 for Horwich, while resurfacing works were carried out.

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Dave updated staff at the Albert Halls via Twitter, saying he had been caught in "horrendous traffic" coming from Chorley, and apologised that he "might be late."

Dave was due to bring his Juggling On A Motorbike tour to the Bolton venue at 7.30pm tonight.

The show looks back on Dave's remarkable journey from working class lad to Chief Biomedical Scientist to much-loved comedy performer and writer.

Over a 30 year career, Dave has worked on Phoenix Nights, Eight out of Ten Cats, Bullseye, Dead Man Weds, Magnolia, The Royal Variety Show, Parkinson and many more.