BLACKPOOL GAZETTE : JOE LONGTHORNE HONOURED FOR 30 YEARS AS BLACKPOOL LEGEND
Stars of Blackpool’s showbiz community turned out to congratulate singer Joe Longthorne on 30 years of entertainment in Blackpool.
Joe, who has been fighting to regain his full health since a cancer diagnosis, was treated to a Mayoral reception at the Town Hall with more than 100 guests.
Blackpool Mayor, Cllr Ian Coleman, gave a presentation in the council chamber before a party in the Mayor’s parlour.
Cllr Coleman said: “Joe Longthorne is special and different every time you see him preform. He is an entertainer par excellence, a showman of incredible calibre.
“He is well respected throughout the industry and has been a wonderful performer for Blackpool over those 30 years.”
Joe said he was surprised and delighted by the turn out at the Town Hall. He said: “It was a great honour. Blackpool means so much to me and to see all those people and so many friends there was wonderful and I thank them all. “Blackpool has changed over the 30 years I have been performing here but it is still up there at the top. It has so many characters and there’s always something going on here. I have put the award right next to my MBE, it means that much to me.”
Joe said he was looking forward to performing at Viva where he has four more Sunday night shows before the season ends. He has also got a tour lined up for November including a date at Leicester Square.
Among the many performer guests were friends Tony Jo and Johnny Casson, plus agents, impresarios, councillors and fans. Joe Longthorne’s career took off in 1987 when he starred in Live from the London Palladium and Des O’Connor tonight on TV. That year he released three albums, all of which went platinum.
He was invited to headline a season at the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago and sang in Las Vegas. He has enjoyed sell-out performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the London Palladium. In 2007 he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Variety Club, and he got the MBE in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to charity. Joe was born in Hull but has lived in Blackpool for 18 years but was a regular star visitor before that.
Joe, 62, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2005, and he underwent a bone marrow transplant a year later. At the time he told the Gazette that he thought his 2004 Opera House performance was going to be his last. Then in 2014, he had throat cancer, but battled back to perform once more and was hoping to be able to play a full season at Viva Blackpool this year until further health problems at the start of the season caused him to limit his performances.
Read the full article in The Gazette here
BLACKPOOL COUNCIL HONOURS JOE FOR ’30 YEARS BY THE SEASIDE’
Joe has been honoured by Blackpool Council this morning for ’30 Years By The Seaside’.
A civic reception was held in honour last Saturday in the historic Mayor’s parlour at Blackpool Town Hall. His Worshipful The Mayor Cllr Ian Coleman had personally invited Joe who was thrilled and delighted to accept a few weeks ago.
A number of Joe’s friends from the UK and Blackpool entertainment industry were in attendance, including actors Christopher Ellison from ‘The Bill’, Blue’s Antony Costa, Johnnie Casson, Leye D.Johns, Johnnie Duffy, Joe Wildy, Tony Jo, Robin Duke and many members of Blackpool Council and local authorities.
The Mayor gave a short speech before presenting Joe with a crystal glass commemorative award for his extensive contribution to Blackpool’s tourism and leisure industry over the years.The town has been Joe’s home since 2002 although he has been a frequent visitor since the 70s performing in the resort since his early days as an entertainer.
2017 sees Joe celebrate 30 years of starring in his own Summer Season in Blackpool, breaking many box office records along the way.
THE LATE GREAT LIZ DAWN MBE
A new addition to Joe's You Tube Channel today where we look back to 1994 when Joe and his dear friend the late Liz Dawn went into the recording studio for this classic duet 'Passing Strangers". Click HERE to view....
This film from our archives shows the making of the record plus the full version which made the Top 40 in December 1994.
RIP Liz, our thoughts and prayers are with your family and loved ones.
JOE AT VIVA BLACKPOOL
Sharing news of Joe at Viva Blackpool last Sunday.....
Great setlist from Joe including Don't Cry Out Loud, As If We Never Said Goodbye, I Believe I'm Gonna Love You, Bowie Life On Mars, Dame Shirley & Sir Tom I Who Have Nothing plus Joe with Tracey You Don't Bring Me Flowers and much more. Plus the fantastic Viva cast for the first half. It all happens again this Sunday 8 Oct, book now Box Office T: 01253 297297 online at www.vivablackpool.com
Joe has made the decision to focus on the Viva Sunday concerts at home in Blackpool during October 2017.
He is extremely disappointed that the October concerts around the UK will now be postponed to a later date however this will give him more time to rest and relax , as advised by his medical team.
Joe will be attending at Wednesbury Town Hall for their Community Evening on Friday 6th October 2017.
The tour resumes with the opening concert at The Epstein Theatre Liverpool on Friday 3rd November 2017 and then onwards with dates as scheduled.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience October ticket holders may feel or experience, Joe hopes to see you all at Viva Blackpool or on tour in November and December