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.
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.
'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
'A CELEBRATION OF JOE LONGTHORNE ' AT THE PAVILION THEATRE GLASGOW SAT 12 OCTOBER 2019
Sharing this statement from the management of The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow:-
Next Saturday, 12th October will be one of the saddest days at the Pavilion that we can ever remember as this would have been the night of the Joe Longthorne 2019 show.
As we all know, Joe passed away on 3rd August and that was a truly sad day for everyone who ever saw Joe in concert. He was truly Britain’s best all round entertainer and more so, he was a friend and always said how he looked forward to his Pavilion shows.
How could we let this day go by without a celebration? So with the help of his long term partner Jamie, we have decided to put on an audio visual show in memory of Joe and his annual visits to the Pavilion.
This won’t be a variety show but a time to appreciate Joe on the big screen, showing him in concert with songs, impressions and conversation. Hopefully this will be a night of fond memories, celebration and appreciation of the quality of the entertainment that Joe brought to us all over the years.
This will be a free night and the performance will start at 7:30pm and we anticipate this being approx 1 hour 30 minutes long. In that time, are sure it will give us all time to show our appreciation to Joe.
The videos we have lined up will have some of all our favourite song. They will show Joe from the early year’s right through to recent times.
Hopefully you can join us in ‘A Celebration to Joe Longthorne’.
To get tickets, which will be on a first come basis, call the box office on 0141-332-1846 or book online
HERE the theatre’s website is paviliontheatre.co.uk.
These are restricted to 4 tickets per customer, unfortunately online transactions will be subject to a Ticketmaster £2.25 transaction fee. Tickets have no resale value and unfortunately, we cannot reserve tickets for this show as we are sure demand will be high. As the show is only 1 week away all tickets will need to be collected from the box office in advance of the show or on the day and ask that if you are collecting on the day of the show please collect them early to avoid the queues.