We are delighted to post this latest update on Joe as he prepares for the Valentine’s Evening Concert at Viva Blackpool on Sunday 14th February and the following week’s shows at Wednesbury Town Hall and Woodman Corner.

The VIVA show is Joe’s very first since last summer when he had to step back from performing to undergo extensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy and then recuperate during the latter part of last year.

The great news is that Joe’s been working hard, singing and rehearsing at home with MD Stephen ‘Stretch’ Price and working away on his new album. He’s counting down the days now until he returns to his beloved stage with Stretch and the band in just 12 days and he’s really looking forward to seeing everyone again. Joe’s been getting out and about with swimming and regular exercise each day and it’s paying off as he feels better as each week passes and now feels it’s time to get the show back on the road.

Following Valentine’s Day Joe will be heading down to the West Midlands for two shows, firstly on 18 February 2016 at Wednesbury Town Hall and then following day 19 February 2016 at The Woodman Corner.

There is also the opportunity to attend Joe’s next Afternoon Meet and Greet to be held on Saturday 13 February 2016 at The St Anne’s Tea Rooms on St Annes Pier just down the road from Blackpool Town Centre. St Annes is a short drive from Blackpool and is easily reached by public transport.

Tickets are selling fast for Valentine’s evening so if you want to come along we recommend booking now to avoid any disappointment , this will be a sell out. Book now by calling the Box Office : T 01253 297297 or go online to

For Wednesbury and Woodman Corner tickets please contact Wednesbury Town Hall Box office T: 0121 556 4914 and Woodman Corner T : 0121 553 6615 respectively.

Please contact Geraldine Vine on M: 07929 746032 for tickets for the Meet and Greet Afternoon Tea.



Great to see everyone attending at Viva Blackpool to spend New Year’s Eve with Joe, his first time back on stage since completing the recent course of radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy for mouth cancer. Guests were served a sumptuous 3 course dinner before being entertained by the very talented vocalist Chris Farrell. Compere Lee Newton announced Joe’s entrance to a huge round of applause and cheers from the audience who rose to their feet to welcome Joe as he made his way round the room and up to the stage.

This summer and autumn Joe has been working on a new album while he continues his recovery and with this in mind he made the decision to bring 4 new songs along last night to showcase:-
What Now My Love
On The Street Where You Live
Your Song
Love’s Been Good To Me
Joe sang along with the tracks to a delighted and thrilled audience with rapturous applause and standing ovations from the sold out room.

After 2 more songs 'I Believe I’m Gonna Love You' and 'If You Love Me' , Lee conducted a light hearted and cordial Q & A before Joe sat down to await the New Year Celebrations. After joining in with the midnight celebrations he took leave of everyone and departed for home.

Joe would like to express his personal thanks to all the guests for their warm wishes and love and support for him, it gave him great encouragement and enthusiasm to see so many familiar faces.
Special thanks go to Chris Farrell, Lee Newton, Cliff Mair on sound and Geraldine Vine for organising the evening.



Hi There,

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. I will be thinking about each and every one of you especially those of you who are unwell and may be alone. Thank you for all your cards, gifts and messages of good will throughout the year, they are all deeply appreciated.

God Bless Joe, James and Kennedy x



A news update this morning after last Sunday’s Christmas Meet and Greet Afternoon Tea with Joe at The Imperial Hotel Blackpool. Joe was delighted to see everyone there and enjoyed the opportunity to have a few words with you all.

The highlight of the evening ,of course , Joe singing “Wind Beneath My Wings’, an extra special moment and one to cherish for everyone there, this being Joe’s first performance since the recent extensive medical treatment he has undergone in the second half of 2015. A wonderful, powerful and very emotional rendition of this classic Joe song, not a dry eye anywhere in the room, everyone on their feet for Joe as he left the room.

Very special thanks to Rose Marie, Alan Reid, Chris Farrell and Ricky Lane for entertaining everyone and special thanks to Geraldine for organising the tea.

We would like to remind everyone that Joe will be at Viva Blackpool on New Year’s Eve 31st December 2015 and the last few tickets are available now from Geraldine Vine JLFC on M: 07929 746032 or direct from Viva Blackpool T: 01253 297297 Joe will be performing and there’s a whole evening’s entertainment lined up plus 4 course dinner all before seeing in 2016 at Midnight.



We proudly present Joe’s 2016 calendar now available for next day delivery. A4 full colour opening out to A3 on the wall it features Joe around the home and out on tour, a great Christmas gift with plenty of space for all those important dates and reminders.

The calendar is only £11.99 including p&p and to order please send a cheque or postal order payable to the JLFC & send to the Joe Longthorne Friendship Club PO Box 329 Lytham St Annes FY8 9HP or speak to Geraldine Vine on M: 07929 746032.

Credit/debit card orders can be placed by sending your e mail address to and an invoice will be emailed over for payment.