Tragic Bernie Nolan’s pledge to panto fans

Sleeping Beauty pantomime at Eastbourne Devonshire Park Theatre 13 Dec 2012 to 13 Jan 2013. September 12th 2012 E37089N'Bernie Nolan as Carabosse.
Sleeping Beauty pantomime at Eastbourne Devonshire Park Theatre 13 Dec 2012 to 13 Jan 2013. September 12th 2012 E37089N'Bernie Nolan as Carabosse.

Panto star Bernie Nolan has said she will be treading the boards in Eastbourne’s festive show – despite being told her cancer has returned and is incurable.

The 52-year-old, who will play Carabosse in this year’s Devonshire Park Theatre pantomime Sleeping Beauty, revealed this week the breast cancer she beat two years ago has returned and this time it is incurable.

But she has pledged to continue with the pantomime run although the Nolans’ tour next year, in which she is the lead singer of the sister group, has been shelved.

She said this week she would fight the deadly disease for as long as possible.

Miss Nolan, who is on drugs to contain her cancer, said, “It’s not curable. I’m on medication which is controlling it and people have lived for 12 years on these drugs. Who knows what new treatments are around the corner?

“I refuse to sit around like I’ve got a death sentence. I’m going to fight this for ever. It can get stuffed.”

In a newspaper interview, the mother of one said during her tour of the musical Chicago earlier this year she noticed a lump on the same side of her chest where she had her mastectomy in 2010.

A biopsy was carried out and she said she thought it would be fine, but when the nurse phoned about a week later, she knew it was bad news.

She was told the breast cancer had returned and this time had spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones.

This week as Miss Nolan was bombarded with thousands of Tweets from well-wishers, she said, “I’d like to thank everyone for their goodwill. I’m thrilled by the messages of support and it means such a lot to me. But I don’t want any sympathy at all.”

This year’s panto kicks off in Eastbourne on December 13.