JOHNNY Vegas has reassured his fans that he is "absolutely fine" after he fell on stage during a farewell show at the Citadel.

The final show for the arts venue on Waterloo Street, St Helens took place on Saturday, June 29 where a collection of stand-up comedians gathered for a show hosted by the Thatto Heath-born entertainer.

During the closing stages compere Johnny was stood on top of a potter's wheel singing 'New York New York'. But the evening ended abruptly when he wobbled and fell off the wheel, appearing to land on his face.

The fall led to gasps from the audience.

Concerned fans have been messaging the 48-year-old dad-of-two, who today responded to their concerns on Twitter.

He said: "To all concerned who attended our @citadelsthelens farewell gig, I’m absolutely fine. The fall looked far worse than it felt, but you know me, ever the drama queen.

"I milked it for all it was worth. Thanks again for being there. It’s not a night out, it’s a memory."

He added: "We’ll continue to fight for our local landmark space for entertainment neardo wells but should this prove to be our last stand, what a gorgeous hurrah.

"Thank you StHelens & @citadelsthelens patrons in particular.

"Our town needs this so hold on tight & thanks for the memories."

Johnny had been joined on stage by fellow comedians Duncan Oakley, Lucy Beaumont, JB Barrington, Keith Carter and Phil Ellis for a night of fun and laughter to raise funds for the Citadel, which will continue as a community arts organisation despite the theatre's closure.