SU Pollard is set return to Wirral for the first time in 25 years to play Miss Hannigan in a new production of classic musical Annie.

The 60-year-old actress and singer - better known to millions as chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw in hit BBC comedy Hi-De-Hi - reprises her role as orphanage boss Miss Hannigan in the show, which will be staged at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton from September 27 to October 2.

Nottingham-born Su, who has been in showbusiness for 40 years, told the Globe: "I'm looking forward to coming back to Wirral. Last time I was here was when I did a one-woman show.

"I remember looking out at Fort Perch Rock and taking a trip on a ferry. I've had Gerry Marsden's Ferry Across The Mersey in my head for the last 25 years".

It will be the fourth time Su has played Miss Hannigan in a touring production of Annie.

She said: "The great thing about Annie is that the show never dates my character has some brilliant songs.

"There are two sides to her; one is this woman acting tough in charge of the orphanage. Second, she is someone who is actually lonely."

It was the role of Peggy in Hi De Hi! which made Su a household name and the title of the series became a catchphrase.

Written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft the show, set in a holiday camp, ran until 1988 and regularly attracted audiences of over 15 million.

Su and the cast also appeared in the stage production of Hi De Hi! - The Holiday Musical, which played sell out seasons in Bournemouth and Blackpool The Opera House in the early 1980s.

But asked about the possibilty of making new episodes, Su replied: "I think it's right to say that we bowed out of the series at the right time.

“The characters couldn't be played by anyone else. Sadly, some of the actors who starred in the original series are no longer with us."

Su's first single Starting Together, written by Bill Buckley of That's Life fame was the theme to a BBC television documentary The Marriage. It got to number two in the UK charts and was followed by an album Su on K-Tel Records which entered the album charts and achieved silver status.

In response to requests to hear her sing live, in 1987 Su toured the UK in The Su Pollard Show and subsequently her one-woman-show A Song, A Frock and A Tinkle earned rave reviews on a national tour.

Su's book 'Hearts and Showers', became a best seller both in hardback and paperback form.

The current tour of Annie starts in September, giving Su time to fly to Benidorm next month to film an appearance in the comedy series of the same name, which stars her friend Johnny Vegas.

On her 40 years in showbusiness, Su said: "I wanted a career with longevity and, thankfully, that's what I've got.

"It's so nice that I’ve been able to do all sorts of things in that time. I want to be remembered for giving audiences value for money."

Tickets for the Floral Pavilion performances of Annie are from the box office on 0151 666 0000.

The Globe has a pair of tickets to give away for the opening night on September 27.

For a chance of winning, simply answer the following question: Su played Peggy Ollerenshaw in which BBC comedy?

Send the answer to: Su Pollard, Wirral Globe, Haymarket Court, Hinson Street, Birkenhead CH41 6BX. The closing date is 5pm on Tuesday, September 7.