Corrie’s Bruce Jones retaliates after panto cancellation blame

Former Coronation Street star Bruce Jones has slammed the organisers of a panto, who scrapped the show after claiming that he turned up to perform on stage "stinking of booze".

Jones, who used to play Les Battersby in the soap, was also accused of failing to appear for some of the showings of Cinderella.

He was sacked by the company behind the show, Halle Productions Ltd, which is run by Michael Hizer and his wife Casey-Lee Jolleys. A statement released by solicitors on behalf of the company blamed "unforeseen cast problems" on the cancellation.

But Bruce has now retaliated, and hit out at the company, claiming that he was never paid for his appearance – and that he even offered to continue the show for free to allow it go to go head.

The actor told the Manchester Evening News: “I feel absolutely terrible. I was told by my agent not to go back on stage. They are looking for a scapegoat and they are using me.”

Bruce has battled alcohol addiction in the past, but denies drinking before the panto. He added:  He (Michael) knows I wouldn’t drink and do a show.”

The actor continued: "I would have a couple of pints and about 9-10pm I would go to bed because I knew I had to be up early. We just wanted to do the panto for the kids."

Cinderella – for which tickets sales have said to have been ‘very low’ – was due to run at Hyde town hall until January 2.

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