A SIDE-splitting night of entertainment was enjoyed at a Bury pub as it launched its new comedy night to great applause.

And after a sell-out night last week, Two Tubs Funny Nights is set to become a regular spot at the historic town centre public house.

The show featured Mick Ferry, who has been named the comedians' favourite comedian in the UK twice, and surrealist comedian "Nige" with Danny McLoughlin as compere.

The night is the brainchild of Two Tubs' new landlord John Locke who is the former marketing manager at Manchester's Comedy Store.

Over five years in the role Mr Locke helped to produce and develop the Manchester Comedy Festival.

He said: "We got the all the tickets sold, the atmosphere was good and the room we have is great for a comedy night.

"The next comedy night will be on April 9 and every two weeks after that."

Mr Locke has also previously worked with comedians John Bishop, Sarah Millican, Russell Brand and Paddy McGuinness, and produced Alan Carr's show at the Deans Gate Locks venue for four years.

After cutting his teeth at the world's best known comedy club Mr Locke went into comedy theatre alongside Jason Manford with "The Laugh Inn" event in Chester.

He is now trying to inject new energy, attitude and events into the Bury town centre pub.

Mr Locke said: 'I love comedy and have begun this night with three of my personal favourites.

"Danny the compere was my booker and pal at the club in Chester and it's my pleasure to be back working with him at the Two Tubs Funny Nights.

"Expect some big surprise guests dropping by over the next few months too."

He added: "We have an amazing facility at the pub, with our back room and events space. I don't think it has been used to its best in the past and we are going to be programming all kinds of live music, talks, comedy, film nights too.

"Bury is a great town with a thriving and growing arts scene and we want to be a part of this, alongside and sitting somewhat on the coat tails of a great theatre and art space like The Met, and continue to bring something different to the town centre.

"The room is one of the best small comedy rooms I have seen in the country too."

To find out more about the comedy night visit Two Tubs Facebook page.