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

Joe Longthorne & partner Jamie Moran
Joe Longthorne, Jamie Moran and Dr Anthony Kearns .
Joe Longthorne with officials from Unison's Education Centre at the hospital opening the Reading Bench,
Joe Longthorne with Chief Executive Wendy Swift.


"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.



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.



"A Blackpool- based, international singing sensation is set to join in special events to celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday.

Joe Longthorne MBE will be officially opening a reading bench and revealing a new memory wall at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Joe said: “Having a deep passion for learning and knowledge, I love the idea of a reading bench which will encourage all kind of people to pick up a book.

“I am also looking forward to the reveal of the new wall. My partner Jamie and I discovered some items that were of significant historical importance in our attic and I am delighted to be revealing them as part of the new memory wall in July.”

Joe will be opening the bench at 1.30pm outside the Education Centre and then reveal the memory wall with historic items, on the hospital’s main corridor opposite the post box, on July 3.

Joe also celebrates his 50th year in showbusiness this year.

More details of the NHS70 events can be found on the Trust’s website: "

This extract from the NHS official website.



Joe's looking forward to seeing everyone at Viva Blackpool on Thursday for the second of his 'Music Hall Matinees', he's in great form and has been enjoying the beautiful sunny weather at home in Blackpool. He's delighted to introduce his good friend Mr Nipper Thomas to everyone this week. Nipper, who hails from the West Midlands ,is making his Viva debut as special guest comedian on the Matinee and has worked with Joe many times before. He has his own unique brand of humour and wit and we're sure he will have everyone laughing and in a joyful mood before Joe takes to the stage with MD Andy Mudd and the band.
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