LOOKING BACK ON THE LOSS OF 'THE GAUL'
Back in the 70’s a young Joe Longthorne was deeply honoured to be invited to perform at this event by Hull’s very own legendary Johnny Pattison .
A fundraising evening organised for the relatives of ‘The Gaul’, a Hull trawler which sunk in Feb 1974 with the loss of 36 of Hull’s fishermen.
The vintage poster, now part of Joe’s archive, was recently unearthed by a family member, we are told that the faint lines of biro under Joe’s name are from the pen of Joe’s very proud father Fred Longthorne.
This was one of Joe’s early professional engagements for a very special cause, always close to Joe's and all the Longthorne family’s hearts, being about fellow members of their community who lost their lives at sea ,working away in challenging circumstances and risking their lives simply to earn a living for their families back home on dry land.
‘The Gaul’ and it’s sinking at sea in February 1974 with the loss of 36 of Hull’s finest fishermen was described at the time by the president of the British Trawler Federation as "the worst ever single-trawler tragedy”.
Built in 1972 it was a modern vessel of it’s days and being a deep sea factory ship she carried two crews, fishermen catching the fish and the filleters processing and freezing on board.
On the night of 8/9 February 1974 The Gaul was lost in horrendous weather in the Barents Sea north of Norway. No SOS was ever received and it was not until 1997 that the ship was located.
The relatives of the 36 brave crew had to wait for 23 years without any news of their loved ones even the location of their final resting place.
Following the discovery of a wreck in the last known location in 1997 it was confirmed that this was indeed The Gaul and the last resting place of the 36 crewmen, may they rest in peace.
May we all take a moment to think about them and their families and remember a line in the famous hymn ‘ For those in Peril on the Sea',
VIVA BLACKPOOL SEASON 2017 - UPDATE
The start of Joe's 2017 Summer Season at Viva Blackpool is to be slightly delayed. This is to give Joe time to rest and recuperate while receiving medical treatment for Lymphoma.
Viva Blackpool's Box Office T: 01253 297297 are contacting all ticket holders for the dates affected with full details of their alternative Sunday night show in the meantime.
HEALTH UPDATE ON JOE
We are now able to issue an update on Joe and his health. Many of you will be aware that he started feeling unwell in early May. Since then he has undergone an extensive series of tests under the supervision of his medical team.
His doctors now have those results. Joe received a bone marrow transplant in 2005 but sadly the diagnosis is that Lymphoma has returned. This is something which has naturally been a great shock for Joe and Jamie as indeed it will to all of you on reading this update.
Joe started treatment last week and is totally optimistic of winning this latest battle he is facing and has asked for his deepest thanks and love to be passed on to you all for your messages of love and support and for just being there for him.
As always, we will keep everyone regularly updated on Joe just as soon as we have news.
JOE DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL-LATEST NEWS UPDATE
We are very pleased to advise everyone that Joe has been discharged from Blackpool Victoria Hospital and is now back home resting and recuperating from his recent severe chest infection.
He would like to thank everyone for all the kind messages, cards, thoughts and prayers from which he has sought great comfort and support over the last 11 days. He sends his love and best wishes and looks forward to seeing you all soon. We will issue a full update on Joe’s health condition later this week.
JOE IN HOSPITAL-NEWS UPDATE
We are sorry to have to announce that Joe has been admitted to Blackpool Victoria Hospital over the weekend due to having caught a severe chest infection. The latest news is that he is responding well to treatment for the infection.
NEWS UPDATE ON SOUTHPORT STOKE ON TRENT GRAVESEND FELIXSTOWE CONCERTS
Just updating everyone on Joe's shows this week which are postponed due to Joe continuing to rest under doctors orders. Southport is now 4 October 2017, Stoke on Trent 3 October 2017 and Felixstowe 25 November 2017. We are awaiting a new date for Gravesend , thank you.
JOE AT ILKLEY, STOCKPORT & NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE
This week's shows at Ilkley, Stockport and Newcastle Upon Tyne are to be
postponed. Joe continues to rest as advised by his medical team as he awaits the results of recent medical tests after feeling unwell. He's deeply disappointed that he cannot be with you all at the concerts and his management apologise for any inconvenience these postponements may cause but hope ticket holders will understand under the circumstances.
We are sorry to have to announce that Joe will not be at Viva Blackpool this Sunday 28 May 2017. He still awaits news on his medical tests and his consultant continues to advise him to rest.
Therefore he has personally asked his dear friend West End star Darren Day to perform this week. Joe is so disappointed that he cannot be with you , however he hopes that you will all be there to see Darren and give your support to this wonderful show starring Darren together with Andy Mudd, Leye D Johns and all the gan
RESCHEDULED DATES FOR ROTHERHAM, AYLESBURY, LIVERPOOL & LEEDS
We would like to advise all ticket holders for Joe's concerts at Rotherham,Aylesbury and Liverpool next week that they have now been rescheduled to later dates as Joe continues to rest as advised by his medical team.
The Civic Theatre Rotherham is now 28th September 2017 and The Epstein Theatre Liverpool will be 3rd November 2017.
There will be new dates for Aylesbury and Leeds and we will bring these to you just as soon as we can
It has come to Joe & his management's attention that for many years now there have been a number of tribute artistes around the world especially in England,Spain and Australia performing special tributes to Joe & his wonderful career.
Joe finds this a great compliment & feels very humbled that there are so many artists who take the time to put these shows on all round the globe & wishes each and every one of them all the luck in the world.
We must however point out that Mr Longthorne , his management & the Friendship Club do not promote or endorse any individual artist and furthermore there are never any official 'Stand Ins' for Mr Longthorne when shows unfortunately have to be postponed.
We hope we have made this clear & once again wish everyone the best of luck in keeping Joe Longthorne MBE in the public eye all over the world.
NEW DATES FOR SCUNTHORPE,LEEDS AND YORK 2017 CONCERTS
We can now advise all ticket holders for Joe’s concerts at Scunthorpe, Leeds and York which have been postponed form this weekend that new dates have been arranged.
The Baths Hall Scunthorpe is now 5th October 2017 and York is now 6th December 2017 , please note all tickets are valid for these new dates. We will shortly announce the new revised date for City Varieties Leeds.
UPDATE ON JOE 10 MAY 2017
Hi There, here is the latest update on Joe . He continues to feel unwell and as mentioned last week is undergoing a series tests in the care of his medical team. Therefore this week's concerts at The Baths Hall Scunthorpe Friday 12 May, City Varieties Leeds Saturday 13 May and The Opera House York Monday 15 May are to be postponed to a later date. Joe sends his love to you all & has asked for his sincere thanks & gratitude to be passed on for all your prayers and messages of love & support over the last week, they are a source of great comfort and strength to him .
We are sorry to announce that the concerts at The Beck Theatre Hayes tomorrow Friday 5 May, Theatre Brychianiog Brecon on Saturday 6 May and Potters Leisure Resort on Sunday 7 May are to be postponed to a later date. Joe has felt rather unwell this week and following a consultation with his doctors is undergoing a series of tests at hospital.
SPECIAL GUESTS 'TRE AMICI' ANNOUNCED FOR HULL CABARET EVENING
We are delighted to announce that Hull's very own awarding winning Opera singing trio Tre Amici are to be Joe's special guests this Sat 22 April at The Mercure Hull Royal Hotel. Tre Amici have performed with Joe in the past on many occasions and he is thrilled that they are with him for this special cabaret evening back in his home town. Tickets available now at £45 for dinner and full show from Geraldine Vine M: 07929 746032.