Dame Patricia Routledge was so impressed by the treatment she received from Stockport A&E nurses that she's found a unique way to repay them.

Best known for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances, she was forced to cancel her appearance in July's Buxton International Festival when she had a fall just before going on stage.

Now, the actress is giving nurses from Stockport's Stepping Hill A&E free tickets as a thank-you for the 'wonderful treatment' she received as she returns on Friday to perform 'Facing the Music - A Life in Musical Theatre'.

Dame Patricia said:

I can’t praise the services of the NHS too highly. They were marvellous." “I’m thrilled that the Festival has found a spot for us so we are able to come back so soon. It’s a very important festival and embraces so much.”

Dame Patricia Routledge

Joanne Williams, Buxton Festival Development Manager, said:

No one was more disappointed than Dame Patricia when she was forced to cancel her appearance at this year’s Buxton International Festival." “Both she and her loyal audience wanted a return visit, and we’re thrilled that we’ve been able to secure one. We’d also like to offer free tickets to nurses from the A and E departments Stepping Hill and Minor Emergency Unit at Buxton hospitals.”

Joanne Williams, Buxton Festival Development Manager