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05
Mar

NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR JOE’S ‘ALL STAR GALA TRIBUTE EVENING ‘ NORTH PIER BLACKPOOL

Due to the current Government lockdown restrictions , Joe’s ‘All Star Gala Tribute Evening’ at The Joe Longthorne Theatre North Pier Blackpool is be moved from Easter Sunday 4 April to a new date later on in 2021.

The ‘star studded’ gala evening was originally scheduled for what would have been Joe’s 65th birthday last year 31 May 2020 and then, due to the Covid 19 emergency last March 2020, was postponed to Easter.

We are please to say the new date will be announced this Monday 8 March 2021 with all tickets being valid for the new date.

26
Feb

JOE LONGTHORNE MBE GALA TRIBUTE EVENING NORTH PIER BLACKPOOL SUNDAY 4 APRIL 2021

Currently the North Pier Management are looking at a new date for this Gala All Star Tribute Evening to commemorate Joe's life and career and an announcement will be made asap.

30
Jan

THE GREATEST HULLENSIAN: JOE LONGTHORNE DESERVES TITLE FOR PUTTING HULL ON THE MAP

The singer and impressionist is one of five Great Hullensians vying for your votes to be named the city's best
Presenting your very own primetime ITV show to an audience of 15 million adoring fans - not many people from Hull, or anywhere for that matter, have managed that.
But that was Joe Longthorne - a man who "typified everything that is great about our city".
Known to all he came into contact with as simply "Our Joe", the singer and impressionist was regarded by many as a national treasure for a career that not only saw fame on stage and screen but even included three platinum-selling albums.
He appeared on the Royal Variety Performance and listed sell-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall, Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago and Sydney Opera House among a host of huge achievements on his résumé.
A young Bradley Walsh even toured as Joe's support act during his early career before going on to find his own fame.

In 2012, Longthorne was an awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to charity.
Sadly, Joe passed away on August 3 2019 aged just 64.
However, despite his star shining so bright, he never lost site of the Hessle Roader in him, according to his biographer, Chris Berry.
A young Bradley Walsh even toured as Joe's support act during his early career before going on to find his own fame.
In 2012, Longhtorne was an awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to charity.

"Joe Longthorne is probably the greatest entertainer our city has ever produced," Chris said.

"His singing voice soared, his impressions were internationally-renowned and his humour had audiences roaring. I first met Joe when writing about his 40 years in showbiz and I went on to write his autobiography, two further updates and toured with him as his support act all around the UK for several years.

"Known as ‘Our Joe’ by everyone who came into contact with him, Joe radiated warmth wherever he went and had that special Hull quality, always able to talk with anyone.

"He never had any airs and graces and had that uncanny ability to be able to see into someone’s eyes and understand them.

"The Joe Longthorne Show ran for four years on ITV attracting 15 million viewers every week from 1988-1991. He appeared on the Royal Variety Performance, at the London Palladium many times and had sell-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall, Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago and Sydney Opera House. He had three platinum-selling albums.

"Bradley Walsh recently said, when asked who was the best all-round entertainer it had to be Joe Longthorne. Brad had been Joe’s support act in the early part of his career.
Joe battled back many times through leukaemia, cancer, a bone marrow transplant that nearly saw him at death’s door, near bankruptcy and a nervous breakdown to continually tour and entertain his army of followers. In my view he deserved even greater recognition.
When he passed away, sadly taken by cancer in August 2019 and still playing sell-out shows up until two weeks before, his passing meant as much to me as that of John Lennon.

"I’m a Hull lad born and bred, and a Hull KR man too, as well as Hull City. Clive Sullivan is a fantastic man for Greatest Hullensian of All time; William Wilberforce has to be there for his historic achievements too; but Joe, for me, really typified everything that is great about our city – he was warm, friendly, never lost his love of where he came from and truly had a fantastic talent. I lost a friend and a man I loved when he departed, a man who is as deserving of a ‘Joe Longthorne Lane or Way’ as much as Clive and William
(Hull Daily Mail 30 Jan 2021)

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19
Jan

THE FIVE GREATEST HULLENSIANS OF ALL TIME REVEALED !

The five category winners have been announced and will soon enter one final poll with the aim of winning the Hullensian crownHull is truly a city of legends.

Since Christmas, the people of the city and the East Riding have been running the rule over 47 of Hull's finest with the aim of crowning the Greatest Hullensian of All Time.

Across five categories, Hull Live received a huge amount of votes with readers eager to recognise favourite sons and daughters.

While crowning the one winner must return to the hands of the public, we can now reveal the five category victors who will go forward into the grand final - as well as those who ranked highly but just missed out.

Evidence of just how great our contenders were includes the fact that a world boxing champion, a former Prime Minister and a man awarded the Victoria Cross didn't make it into the top three of their respective categories - it is an amazing city indeed.

Votes closed at 12pm on Friday, three weeks after the first poll was launched on Christmas Day, and in the coming weeks, the five category winners will be advocated by experts before the final decision returns to the people.

The first poll was launched on Christmas Day with the following four uploaded over subsequent days over the festive period.
The polls closed at 12pm on Friday, January 15.

In the coming weeks we will be shining a light on the 5 winners of each class -
Clive Sullivan MBE
William Wilberforce
Joe Longthorne MBE
Lillian Bilocca
Paul Heaton
before you can pick one as your Greatest Hullensian of All Time.
(Article from Hull Daily Mail )

10
Jan

'VOTE FOR JOE' IN GREATEST HULLENSIAN POLL AT HULL LIVE

Hull has produced many a legend in the world of light entertainment, none greater than Joe Longthorne MBE.
Joe always proudly represent his home city on the world stage and his life story is nothing short of incredible and amazing.
Hull Live are now taking a poll to find the greatest Hullensian of all time, please just click on the link and cast a vote for Joe before 15th January 2021 , thank you

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