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‘A NIGHT TO REMEMBER’ THE JOE LONGTHORNE SONGBOOK TOUR 2020

5th March 2020
We are delighted to announce that Andrew Lancel is to take over ‘The Joe Longthorne Songbook Tour’ from Darren Day. Starting off in l...

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PETE PRICE LIVERPOOL ECHO THUR 27 FEB 2020 ' PEERLESS SINGER JOE NOW IN LINE FOR PIER TRIBUTE'

27th February 2020
The Sedgwick family, owners of Blackpool’s world- famous North Pier, have dedicated and renamed the Pier’s theatre The Joe Longthorne MB...

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05
Mar

‘A NIGHT TO REMEMBER’ THE JOE LONGTHORNE SONGBOOK TOUR 2020

We are delighted to announce that Andrew Lancel is to take over ‘The Joe Longthorne Songbook Tour’ from Darren Day.

Starting off in local theatre and as a cabaret singer, Andrew has become well established as a theatre and television actor including appearances in productions by Bill Kenwright, Peter Gill & Russell T. Davies and is currently starring in 'The Sound Of Music' until April 2020.

Andrew is most famous for his TV acting roles as DC Neil Manson’ in The Bill and Frank Foster in Coronation Street. His impressive CV also includes Dr Andrew Collin in Cardiac Arrest, Brian Epstein in the stage play ‘Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles’, Brian Epstein in ‘Cilla The Musical’ and Captain Von Trapp in ‘The Sound Of Music’. He’s also appeared in the film "Wide-Eyed and Legless" with Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

Andrew is an accomplished singer of many years having performed his own one-man show and has sung in venues including the Sands in Blackpool and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

A good friend of Joe and Jamie for many years, Andrew is now honoured and excited about this new venture and looking forward to the nationwide tour. Full tour dates and booking details can be found in the Events section.

27
Feb

PETE PRICE LIVERPOOL ECHO THUR 27 FEB 2020 ' PEERLESS SINGER JOE NOW IN LINE FOR PIER TRIBUTE'

The Sedgwick family, owners of Blackpool’s world- famous North Pier, have dedicated and renamed the Pier’s theatre The Joe Longthorne MBE theatre, in honour of the late entertainer, who sadly passed away last August at his home in Blackpool in the arms of his beloved other half, Jamie.

When Mr Sedgwick bought the North Pier, he always said to his wife jokingly: “One day I will buy that and give it to you as a wedding present”. The couple have been married 40 years, she finally got her present.

This is a great accolade to Joe, but isn’t it sad that it never happened while he was alive.

I must tell you before I talk about Mr Longthorne, I had one of the happiest times of my show- business career at the North Pier.

It was 1982, a summer season with the Krankies and the Black Abbots and the late, great, Liverpool comic, Al Dean.

Tickets were £3, at the time, the Krankies were big stars and so were the Abbots.

I didn’t want the season to end, it ran from May until Oct-ober.

We were playing to capacity audiences at every performance.

Our social life was one long party and I had a new bedsitter across the road from the theatre, which was the icing on the cake.

The next year, the show uprooted and went to Yarmouth - that’s another story.

I hated the place.

In fact, I drove home every weekend, six hours each way, just to get back to Merseyside.

After losing Joe last year, I thought about him a lot, especially the break he gave me, which I’ve talked about before.

It was his 60th birthday, he’d taken over the London Palladium, which was a sell-out, and asked me to be his support act. It was a dream come true and something I can never thank him enough for.

Did you know that Engelbert Humperdinck made it possible for Joe, the Hull-born singer, to appear in Las Vegas? The American audiences just loved him.

Joe first made his mark on a children’s talent show in a local park, singing If You Knew Suzy. at the age of 14, he won Yorkshire Television’s Junior Showtime and from that day he began to learn his craft and we saw this amazing talent being created before us.

So, Blackpool’s adopted son, who also is loved by so many in Liverpool, who is the voice of the world’s greatest stars, from Tom Jones to Shirley Bassey, is to be honoured at the North Pier, which is synonymous with summer seasons and has had many of the world’s top stars tread the boards there.

On Sunday, May 31, there will be an all-star tribute evening to honour this great man and his glitzy career.

Twenty-five acts will appear at the newly-named theatre. Jamie, Joe’s other half, has been overwhelmed at the response to the line-up and support given from people like the Nolans, Darren Day, Bobby Davro, the Grumbleweeds - the list goes on.

The gala evening is one of a weekend of celebrations, which falls on the date of what would have been Joe’s 65th birthday.

I could imagine his face if he was with us and someone presented him with a bus pass, which, of course, he would have been entitled to. He’d have loved that and laughed his socks off.

Last time I worked with the man, it was a charity event in Liverpool for Herbert. All the proceeds went to the Lord Mayor’s Charity.

Me, Crissy Rock, the Real Thing and Claire Sweeney rocked the Adelphi Hotel, along with a big band and the star of the night, Joe Longthorne.

I have lots of happy memories with me and lots of stories, but I always remember the proud look on his face when he described his visit to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE, given to him by Prince Charles on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012.
Joe took Jamie with him.

The Gala Night will be a huge success, and what an accolade to have a theatre named after you.

Miss you very much, Mr Longthorne.

(Lhttps://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/pete-price-peerless-singer-joe-17819360 )

04
Feb

'A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - AN ALL STAR TRIBUTE TO JOE LONGTHORNE' BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

The full line up at Joe Longthorne Theatre, North Pier, Blackpool is revealed. It promises to be a true celebration of a glittering career.

The all-star studded tribute to Joe Longthorne MBE has aptly been named ‘A Night to Remember’ and revealing the full line up on Monday evening, organisers will be inviting many of the entertainer’s showbiz pals including Roy Walker, Johnnie Casson and Roy Chubby Brown to take part.

The full programme includes more than 25 acts appearing at the newly named Joe Longthorne Theatre, North Pier, Blackpool on Sunday May 31.

A special VIP opening of the venue is to take place on Friday May 29.

Joe’s widower Jamie Moran said they had been overwhelmed with the response to the show so far, with tickets already rapidly selling out.

Other entertainers to take to the stage will include Blackpool’s The Nolans, Mooky and Mr Boo from Blackpool Circus, musical stars Darren Day and Andrew Lancel, award winning British comedy band The Grumbleweeds, Bobby Davro and singer Rose Marie, Kate Parkes, Christopher Maloney among others.

Mitch Winehouse, father of the late Amy Winehouse was the first act announced for the grand variety show.

The Joe Longthorne Band under the direction of Andy Mudd will lead proceedings in a night fitting for the much-loved singer and impressionist, who died at his home in Blackpool last August.

The gala evening is one of a weekend of celebrations which fall on the date of what would have been Joe’s 65th birthday.


Tickets for the ‘A Night to Remember - an All Star Tribute to Joe Longthorne’ are available now .

04
Feb

'ALL STAR TRIBUTE EVENING TO JOE LONGTHORNE MBE ' SUNDAY 31 MAY 2020 FULL LINE UP UNVEILED !

We are very pleased to announce the full line up for Joe’s ‘All Star’ Tribute Evening on Sunday 31 May 2020, at The Joe Longthorne MBE Theatre North Pier Blackpool , tickets on sale now HERE

23
Jan

'NATURAL TALENT'- THE STAGE REVIEW ON A YOUNG JOE LONGTHORNE 42 YEARS AGO NOVEMBER 16 1978

From The Stage :-

In 1978, our then editor Peter Hepple wrote a review celebrating the emerging talent of entertainer Joe Longthorne, who died in August last year, aged 64. Now, as a tribute, Blackpool North Pier’s manager has said that the pier’s theatre will be renamed after him. Forty-two years ago, we reported on Longthorne’s performance at Quaglino’s in London:

“If there is anything certain in this world, it is a continuing supply of impressionists. But only the best go to greater things and one young man who looks like a sure survivor is 22-year-old Joe Longthorne, from Hull.

“What makes him a likely winner? Well, natural talent for one thing, in the form of an excellent singing voice, highly saleable on its own merits. Another is his bounce and confidence, almost remarkable in one so young, faced with a typical late-night audience at Quaglino’s, a mixed-nationality crowd who have come to eat and perhaps dance rather than watch cabaret.

“A third feature is that he has obviously prepared his act with some care, for he mixes the unsubtle, including the use of wigs and dresses, with the fairly sophisticated. Wigs and dresses? This is where his originality comes in, for he impersonates female singers as well as men. An outstandingly good Dorothy Squires, a not quite so accurate but still highly effective Shirley Bassey and Cleo Laine.”
See the original article HERE

20
Jan

JOE LONGTHORNE MBE ‘ALL STAR TRIBUTE EVENING’ SUNDAY 31ST MAY 2020 ON SALE NOW !

We are very pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for Joe’s ‘All Star Tribute Evening’ at 'The Joe Longthorne MBE Theatre' North Pier Blackpool on Sunday 31st May 2020

Please note this is an online booking office which is the best and quickest way to book, with customers able to choose your own seats from the seating plan. However, there is a contact number for those who wish to do a telephone booking T: 01253 621452 open during normal office hours only.

This is an 'Early Bird' offer on tickets,the price will increase when the full all star lineup of guests is announced .

Book tickets online by clicking HERE or call the Box Office on T: 01253 621452

16
Jan

JOE LONGTHORNE MBE ‘ALL STAR TRIBUTE EVENING’ SUNDAY 31ST MAY 2020 BOX OFFICE OPENS FRIDAY 17 JAN 2020 AT 11AM

We are very pleased & proud to announce that the Box Office for Joe’s ‘All Star Tribute Evening’ at 'The Joe Longthorne MBE Theatre' North Pier Blackpool on Sunday 31st May 2020 opens tomorrow Friday 17 January 2020 at 11am.

Please note this is an online booking office which is the best and quickest way to book, with customers able to choose your own seats from the seating plan. However, there is a contact number for those who wish to do a telephone booking T: 01253 621452 open during normal office hours only.

This is an 'Early Bird' offer on tickets,the price will increase when the full all star lineup of guests is announced .

Book tickets from 11am tomorrow HERE

**Please note this link will not be live until 11am tomorrow Fri 17 Jan 2020**

13
Jan

BLACKPOOL’S NORTH PIER THEATRE RENAMED IN HONOUR OF THE LATE JOE LONGTHORNE MBE

The Sedgwick family, owners of Blackpool’s world famous North Pier, are to dedicate and rename the pier’s theatre ‘The Joe Longthorne MBE Theatre’ , in honour of the late entertainer who sadly passed away on 3rd August 2019 at his home in Blackpool.

Joe’s husband, Jamie Moran, has been in discussion with the Sedgwick family for some months about their plans and is deeply honoured that Joe, one of the greatest all time entertainers, is to be remembered and celebrated in this way.

The ‘Grade 2’ listed pier and it’s theatre held a huge place of affection in Joe’s heart. He starred in his first summer season there in 1987 followed by many record breaking seasons over the years and even took up residence once in his dressing room for a few months; he simply loved the feel of the theatre right at the end of the pier looking out on the Irish Sea. His huge army of fans would make regular trips to see Joe on the North Pier and it was widely known that this was Joe’s all time favourite venue to perform.

We are also pleased to announce that ‘The Joe Longthorne MBE Museum’, adjacent to the theatre, is to open. This will house Joe’s beloved Grand Piano, his MBE award from HM The Queen and Honorary Degree from The Open University, his Gold and Silver Discs, Variety Club awards together with many other awards and accolades. On display will be Joe’s full stage attire and a collection of many other personal effects highlighting his 52 year long career as an Entertainer, including an extensive display of posters and programmes and other memorabilia.

It will be open with free admission throughout the summer months and ,with a tea room added for light refreshments, it will be the perfect place for fans to spend an hour or two on their visit to Blackpool. Joe’s huge catalogue of music and filmed concerts will be played constantly during the opening hours.

Peter Sedgwick Snr and his family are very honoured that they have been offered Joe’s memorabilia to display in their Theatre. “Joe was very proud of the North Pier and we are sure he would be thrilled that the Theatre is going to be named after him. Joe Longthorne MBE really was a true legend and it will be a pleasure to bring Joe back to his favourite theatre for his loyal fans and of course for wonderful Blackpool.’

Jamie and the Longthorne family together with the Sedgwick family will officially open the Theatre and Museum at a VIP event on Saturday 30th May 2020.

On the following day Sunday May 31st 2020, which would have been Joe’s 65th Birthday, an all star gala evening is to held in his honour at ‘The Joe Longthorne MBE Theatre.’ More details to be announced very soon.

26
Dec

MESSAGE FROM JAMIE

Hi,
I’d like to say a few words to you all as we approach Christmas and the New Year. Joe always enjoyed having a chat with everyone in his messages. However, as you all know, Joe very sadly passed away on 3rd August 2019 and it’s been a time of deep sadness, warm thoughts and so many memories of Joe. We were together for 21 years and finally married last year on 17 December 2018 , a very proud day for both of us and it will always be the proudest day of my life.
I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for all the love and support you have shown to me and to Joe’s family in our time of grief and, indeed , continue to show. Your outpouring of love and devotion for Joe is simply the best and more deeply appreciated than words can say.
I will be spending Christmas Day in Blackpool with my parents and Nan and will be seeing Joe’s brother John & wife Elaine, niece Keeley & nephew John Boy.
I’d like to close by mentioning that there is going to be a big announcement in the New Year about a lasting, permanent tribute to Joe in Blackpool, his adopted hometown , one which he would be delighted and thrilled at, so until then……

Merry Christmas and Thank you all once again,
God Bless
Jamie x

02
Dec

JOE LONGTHORNE-THE ROAD TO THE PALLADIUM DVD

Joe Longthorne MBE celebrated his 60th Birthday in customary style with one of the biggest concerts in his career at The London Palladium on Sunday 31st May 2015. Backed by a 26 piece orchestra, Joe performed in front of his industry friends and colleagues and his huge army of devoted fans from around the UK and abroad, all of them wanting to share in this magical and glittering evening. The magnitude of his performance ever more highlighted due to Joe having to face up to further cancer treatment in the days after this event. Joe approved the film prior to his passing on 3rd August 2019 and Jamie has made the decision to release it now as a fitting tribute to Joe and his 52 year career. All proceeds will go to his Memorial Fund, in lasting memory of one of the UK’s greatest ever performers. This is available to order at www.tmpromotions.co.uk, just click on the 'STORE' tab. Price is £13.95 inc UK postage, international orders available.

24
Nov

'A NIGHT TO REMEMBER' - THE JOE LONGTHORNE SONGBOOK TOUR 2020

Full show details and ticket links now available on the Events section. Dates are going on sale day by day with more venues to be announced soon.

03
Nov

'A NIGHT TO REMEMBER' - THE JOE LONGTHORNE SONGBOOK TOUR 2020

Check out all the dates announced so far on the Events tab....

27
Oct

UPDATE ON THE COMMEMORATIVE BRONZE OF JOE LONGTHORNE MBE 1955-2019

It’s now almost three months since Joe sadly passed away on 3rd August 2019. Jamie, Joe’s husband, stated at that time a commemorative bronze would be commissioned for completion next May 2020 . The bronze will tour the country and go around the theatres Joe loved.

We post this update today on production and progress of the project ,which has been placed in the very capable hands of sculptor Jane Robbins. Jane is well ‘on schedule’ with the initial design work and pre casting.

Some of you may know Jane’s work but, if not, here’s a few words about this hugely talented artist. Jane is a traditionally trained, figurative sculptor with an expertise in human anatomy sculpture.

Jane has over 20 years experience in the Portrait Sculpture market creating everything from life size bronze memorials to fibreglass props and sculptures for film and TV. Working from sittings at the studio or from photos, any size figurative sculptures can be created and cast into bronze, resin, concrete or plastic or plaster depending on budget.

Jane Robbins has a wide network of clients including Sir Paul McCartney for who Jane produced a stunning tribute to his late wife Linda and, most recently, Lady Ann Dodd for whom she sculptured a stunning lifelike study of the late Sir Ken Dodd. Other commissions include a life size statue of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.

Here’s a selection of Jane’s award winning work, like everyone we look forward to the finished bust being unveiled on Joe’s 65th birthday next year.

22
Oct

NEWS UPDATE

Hi,

We would like to bring you all up to date on how next year’s tribute tour is coming together. ‘ A Night to Remember - The Joe Longthorne Songbook’ celebration concert featuring audio visual displays and unseen footage of Joe onstage, starring Darren Day, Tracey Jordan Andy Mudd with the Joe Longthorne Band and Chris Berry has been warmly welcomed around the country at theatres with many venues already on sale and more on sale very soon.

It’s an appropriate time to mention that all the existing members of Joe’s stage and admin team are to carry on in their roles and honour his memory and legacy. MD Andy Mudd together with band members Tom Read,Andy Morley and Alan Wormald and sound engineer John Turner will be back together on next year’s tour Geraldine Vine continues with The Friendship Club and Christine Whitnall in Website/Social Media/ Admin.

We wish to state that this official Facebook page, originally established in 2009, works in association with three excellent Facebook Group pages as follows :-

‘Sensational Joe Longthorne MBE’ managed by Donna Toms
‘People Who Love Joe Longthorne’ managed by Chrissie Moran
‘Joe Longthorne’ managed by Dave Taylor

These three group pages were all set up a number of years ago and have always been totally supportive of Joe.

It needs to be said here and now that there are a number of Facebook pages which have sprung up since Joe passed away. These , frankly , have not been set up in the best interests of celebrating Joe’s incredible life and career . Indeed, it is sad to say that these pages have been found to be a breeding ground for trolling, hatred and bullying of bona fide fans of Joe and even trashing Joe himself.. The level of the inappropriate behaviour of these pages has reached the point now where we find it necessary to make these comments. Therefore ,we wish to assure and confirm that only posts on this page and the three pages mentioned are authorised and official.

We can announce that Jamie has already commissioned the bronze bust of Joe, in time for unveiling on his birthday next year, 31st May 2020. The sculptor ,who’s name we will be revealing at the weekend , is highly acclaimed and has worked on many famous figures and artwork. The bronze bust will be touring around the country and there will be no requests or appeals in respect of this memorial to Joe.

Finally, we wish to make this statement about a DVD of Joe’s funeral which has been recently released by Heavenly Services Funeral Directors of Hull. It is important to lay out the background to the making of the DVD here and now so it is crystal clear how it came to be.

Mr Jamie Moran, Joe’s husband, gave his permission for the BBC, ITV and SKY to film for public news broadcast only. Heavenly Services asked to video some of the procession which Jamie felt he was unable to stop, bearing in mind the public interest with film and press crews there in great numbers, together with public mourners along the processions and outside the church. At no time has he ever sanction this film from Heavenly Services being made into a DVD and put on general sale to the public.

After much delay and confusion it was originally stated by Simon, MD at Heavenly Services that the making and release of this DVD was requested and authorised by Mrs Ann White nee Longthorne, Joe’s sister, and that the proceeds so far of £2700 had been collected by Mrs White but Simon has now said that the £2700 is in fact still at Heavenly Services.

05
Oct

'A NIGHT TO REMEMBER' 2020 THE JOE LONGTHORNE SONGBOOK

Following on from our post last month, in which we wrote about the importance of celebrating Joe’s incredible career and legacy in the correct manner, today we are able to publish more details on how this will take place next year.

Joe was ‘the Ultimate Professional’ in all aspects of his performance, known to his peers and fellow entertainers as ‘The Singers’ Singer’ . A career spanning over 50 years from a child performer in the 1960s ,through the heights of record breaking, sold out concerts around the world, Multiple Gold and Platinum discs on album sales, Top ranking network TV Series’, Royal Command Performances for Her Majesty The Queen and  the Royal Family, 3 Variety Club Awards, a MBE awarded in 2012 and an Honorary Degree from The Open University in 2016.

The decision has  been made to celebrate and commemorate this colossal legacy of a career spanning over six decades in a style Joe himself would have approved off. ‘A Night To Remember - The Joe Longthorne Songbook’ is to tour next Spring at selected theatres around the country.

The show will celebrate the music and life of Joe with Audio Visuals and some surprises along the way. Heading the line up is West End and TV star Darren Day with very special guest Tracey Jordan and The Joe Longthorne Band under the direction of Andy Mudd, featuring Joe’s original guitarist Alan Wormald, drummer Andy Morley and bass player Tom Read.

Featuring all Joe’s best loved songs, including duets with on screen footage of Joe ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ and ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ plus Too Much Too Little Too Late’, ‘You and Me’ ,’Never Love This Way Again’ and some exclusive ‘never before seen’ footage of Joe performing .

It was Joe’s wish that Darren stood in for him at Viva Blackpool in 2014 so it’s very fitting that Darren has agreed to do the tour around the country & a summer season in Blackpool in 2020.  

Please see below the list of dates booked so far with more to be added:-
 
Fri 1 May 2020   Howden Park, Livingston T:01506 340700 
Sun 10 May 2020 Princes Theatre Clacton On Sea T:01255 686633 
Fri 15 May 2020   Oaklands Suite Pelsall T:01922 682156  
Sat 16 May 2020 The Circus Tavern T: 01708 863838
Sun 17 May 2020 The Majestic Theatre Retford T: 01777 706866
Tue 19 May 2020 St Albans Arena St Albans T: 01727 844488 
Wed 20 May 2020 The Swan Theatre High Wycombe T: 01494 512000
Fri 22 May 2020  Theatre Royal St Helens T: 01744 756000 
Sat 23 May 2020 Capitol Theatre Horsham T: 01403 750220 
Sun 24 May 2020 White Rock Theatre Hastings T:01424 462288 
Fri 29 May 2020 New Theatre Hull T:01482 300306 
Sun 31 May 2020 Blackpool -Venue to be announced shortly
Fri 5 June 2020           McMillan Theatre Bridgewater T:01278 556677 
Sat 6 June 2020 Playhouse Theatre Weston S Mare T:01934645544  
Fri 19 June 2020 The Kenton Theatre Henley T:01491 575698 
Sat 20 June 2020The Last Drop Hotel Bolton - T: 01706 650515
Sun 21 June 2020 The Brindley Runcorn T: 0151 9078360 
Fri 26 June 2020 The Stag Theatre Sevenoaks  T: 01732 450175 
Sat 27 June 2020 The Dome Doncaster T: 01302 370777 
Wed 15 July 2020 The Gaiety Ayr
Thur 16 July 2020       Playhouse Theatre Whitley Bay  T: 0844 248 1588 
Fri 17 July 2020         Middlesbrough Theatre T:01642 815151
Fri 24 July 2020 The Plaza Stockport T: 0161 477 7779
Fri 31 July 2020 The Beck Theatre Hayes T: 020 8561 8371  
Fri 2 October 2020 Marina Theatre, Lowestoft  T: 01502 533200