Sheffield University students were left disappointed after the cast of hit-TV show Fresh Meat had to cancel their appearance at the last minute.
The M62 in West Yorkshire was closed for four hours after a lorry hit the central reservation and shed its load of wiring, meaning that stars of the show Greg McHugh, Kimberley Nixon, Jack Whitehall, Joe Thomas and Zawe Ashton – who were scheduled to be in South Yorkshire at 6pm on Friday – could not make it to Sheffield in time.
Their appearance had been part of a Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day University Challenge, which saw members of the cast plan to take their ‘banter bus’ to Newcastle, Durham, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Loughborough.
They had planned on painting students faces while at Sheffield University, and were scheduled to do other creative tasks at each University.
Despite not being able to make it to Sheffield or Manchester, they were able to beat the traffic and make it to Nottingham and Loughborough.
They had been hoping to inspire students to get involved on Red Nose Day and do something funny for money
Greg McHugh, who plays Howard in the show, said: “We’re gutted and frustrated we were stuck in traffic and not able to make it to Sheffield.”
Students at the university admitted they were disappointed.
Daniel Walker, of Tickhill, tweeted: “Can’t believe the Fresh Meat cast just cancelled at University of Sheffield.”
Leanne Gale said: “So sad the Fresh Meat lot aren’t coming to Sheffield. Bad mistake Snake Pass at rush hour.”
Elouisa Georgiou added: “Gutted they cancelled the Fresh Meat tour, but these things happen.”