NEWS UPDATE & JOE'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR IS ON THE ROAD THIS WEEK !
We’re delighted to update everyone on Joe’s health and well being and his upcoming ‘50th Anniversary Tour’ right around the UK and out to Benidorm Spain on 11 November 2018.
The best news is that Joe’s feeling really great after making the most of the fantastic summer weather over the last few months, relaxing and taking gentle exercise in between working on planning the tour and his musical projects. His medical team are extremely satisfied with the way his long term treatment has gone over the last year or so. Delighted audiences at Viva Blackpool have commented on how well he’s looking now.
Joe’s slightly taken aback at the thought that it’s now 50 years since he first started singing and entertaining audiences on ITV’s ‘Junior Showtime’ and now has a renewed interest in connecting with his audiences at the concerts each night, the first dates being The Brunton Musselburgh this Thursday 30th August 2018 and then at The City Varieties Leeds on Sat 1st September 2018. Full details on the tour dates and booking details can be found on our Events tab.
The Viva Blackpool 2018 residency is now in full swing with Sunday night shows every week until Sunday 4 November 2018, plus monthly Thursday matinees in September, October and November and a Christmas show on Sun 9 December 2018. It’s a great night out at Viva with dining options before the show and a great opportunity to spend a day or two in Blackpool with the illuminations plus many other tourism features around the town. #joelongthorne #50thAnniversary #Legend #Incomparable
'THE LEGEND CONTINUES' JOE LONGTHORNE MBE OPENS HIS 2018 SUNDAY NIGHT SEASON AT VIVA BLACKPOOL ON 5 AUGUST
Yes it's time ! This Sunday Joe opens at Viva Blackpool for his 2018 Summer Season, accompanied as always by MD Andy Mudd and his band.
Joe's in fine form now and feeling great, this year sees him celebrating 50 years in show business. He's really excited about the season ahead and looking forward to seeing everyone coming along to Viva Blackpool each week. George King is Joe's special guest , book now at www.vivablackpool.com or call the Box Office on T: 01253 297297. #OpeningNIght #joelongthorne #50Anniversary #incomparable #legend #LiveMusic #Blackpool #VivaBlackpool
JOE JOINS IN #NHS70 CELEBRATIONS AT BLACKPOOL VICTORIA HOSPITAL
Joe was thrilled to be ‘Guest of Honour’ at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Tuesday 3rd July 2018 as part of their week’s celebrations to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.
His visit began with the unveiling of a ‘book bench’ outside the main entrance of the hospital. The bench is the result of a campaign by the hospital’s Unison branch to encourage adult literacy and is designed by local artist David Healy. Joe was joined by hospital management staff including the Chief Executive Wendy Swift who said a few words before asking Joe to cut the ribbon on the bench, surrounded by staff and their small children who immediately took the opportunity to sit down and try the bench out. Staff are now able to relax on the bench and read something from the library in the Education Centre. Joe’s own autobiography is now on the library’s shelves, a copy being presented to Unison Learning Representative Jane Eyre. Joe sat and chatted for a few minutes with Jane before heading off for the second event, over in the main hospital building.
The home Joe shares with his partner Jamie was designed and built by Joseph Fielding in the 1930’s. Mr Fielding a local builder and architect designed many buildings around the area including Blackpool’s hospital. Inspecting the attic when they moved in some years ago Mr Fielding’s very dusty desk and working papers were discovered , literally ‘untouched’ for years. Plans for the original hospital buildings were discovered amongst the items and these facts were mentioned to A & E consultant and good friend Dr Tony Kearns recently. Dr Kearns suggested that they could be donated to the hospital’s archive and museum to be retained for posterity and historical value.
However, this is not quite the end of the story as now can be revealed. The plans have been copied on acrylic and added as a centre feature on the brand new ‘History Wall’ in the main corridor of the hospital. The wall , celebrating the NHS 70 celebrations, is a innovative feature which honours the history and development of Blackpool Victoria Hospital linking the past with the present. Saying a few words to everyone, and with Chief Executive Wendy Swift again thanking him for doing the honours, Joe proudly unveiled the plans, officially opening the wall before taking a few minutes with partner Jamie to browse the wall. With press and TV in attendance Joe was delighted to chat with everyone and have ‘selfies’ and sign autographs before heading off home.
A great day was had by all, Joe would like to express his thanks to Wendy Swift and all the team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital who made him and Jamie so welcome. They know the significance of the NHS more than most and so sincerely wish ‘Happy 70th Birthday’ to the NHS. #NHS70 #NHS70BlackpoolTH #JoeLongthorne
GOOD LUCK ENGLAND !
ENGLAND V SWEDEN....
"Good Luck to Harry Kane and all the team for the big match today, Come on Lads you can do it for England, its a long time since 1966 ! Yours Joe and James "
Joe's shared this photo of one of his treasured possessions , signed with a special message to him from World Cup 1966 hero and England legend Sir Geoff Hurst.
MR JACKIE WHITE RIP
Joe has been deeply saddened this week to learn of the passing of Jackie White, one of his old, close family friends from Hull and would like to express deepest sympathies and condolences to Jackie's family and loved ones, he will be missed.