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'MUSTARD SEED' (MATTHEW 17.14-20 READING FROM JOE'S FUNERAL SERVICE

17th August 2019
Sharing this morning the Gospel reading from Joe's Funeral Mass... When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before h...

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FAREWELL TO JOE

13th August 2019
The funeral cortege will leave Joe’s home in Layton at 11am and proceed through Layton High Street, towards Church Street and past The Mus...

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17
Aug

'MUSTARD SEED' (MATTHEW 17.14-20 READING FROM JOE'S FUNERAL SERVICE

Sharing this morning the Gospel reading from Joe's Funeral Mass...

When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

We wish to let everyone know that copies of Joe's Order of Service Funeral Booklet will be available very soon, with full details on how to order being published here and on Joe's official Facebook page.

13
Aug

FAREWELL TO JOE

The funeral cortege will leave Joe’s home in Layton at 11am and proceed through Layton High Street, towards Church Street and past The Music Hall Tavern, Winter Gardens, The Grand Theatre, Viva Blackpool and along the seafront past The North Pier to arrive at The Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church for a full Requiem Mass commencing at 12noon.Traditional funeral dress is requested , this is a public service as Joe wanted.
The burial is to take place in Layton Cemetery shortly afterwards and Jamie and the family would like to invite everyone back to Viva Blackpool to remember Joe in a suitable style which he himself would have approved of. #JoeLongthorne

11
Aug

JOE’S FUNERAL CORTÈGE ARRIVES BACK HOME IN HULL

Joe’s funeral cortège has arrived back in his home town of Hull this afternoon and he is now laying in rest at the home of his dear sister Ann. Jamie is staying with Joe tonight before tomorrow’s procession around the Hessle Road.

11
Aug

JOE LONGTHORNE MBE FULL DETAILS OF FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Here are the full details for Joe’s funeral arrangements which gives everyone in his home city of Hull and his adopted home of Blackpool the opportunity to say their goodbyes to him.

His funeral is to take place over three days starting today Sunday 11th August 2019 when Joe’s cortège will drive to his sister Ann’s house in Hull where he will lay in rest overnight.

Tomorrow Monday 12th August 2019, at 11am , Joe’s funeral procession will proceed around his home streets of Hull . The route will be Cavil Place, Coltman Street, past the Ryder Club and on to Hessle Road where he is be conducted up and down the thoroughfare ,as he himself liked to do whenever he was back home. The procession will then go past his late parents’ home before returning to Heavenly Services Funeral Directors on Hessle Road. Joe will then travel back to Blackpool to rest at home overnight.

On Tuesday 13th August 2019 the funeral cortege will leave Joe’s home in Layton at 11am and proceed through Layton High Street, towards Church Street and past The Music Hall Tavern, Winter Gardens, The Grand Theatre, Viva Blackpool and along the seafront past The North Pier to arrive at The Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church for a full Requiem Mass commencing at 12noon.Traditional funeral dress is requested and this is a public service as Joe wanted.

The burial is to take place in Layton Cemetery shortly afterwards and Jamie and the family would like to invite everyone back to Viva Blackpool to remember Joe in a suitable style which he himself would have approved of.

Please note any floral tributes you may wish to send for Joe must be at the Funeral Directors by 5pm tomorrow Mon 12 August 2019 their full address is Box Brothers Ltd,13-15 Hawes Side Lane,Blackpool FY4 4AP.

09
Aug

THE TIMES JOE LONGTHORNE OBITUARY

In the Longthorne household there was a broken television, with no screen, no workings, just the frame. Young Joe would stick his head in it and sing for his mother: “Sugar in the mornin’, Sugar in the evenin’, Sugar at suppertime.” She would applaud and tell him that one day he was going to be a star.

It seems there was never a time when Longthorne did not sing. “Singing is the thing that makes me want to live,” he wrote in his autobiography, Sugar in the Morning. “I can remember listening to my mam singing, and then singing myself before learning to walk.”

Longthorne won a talent show when he was four, became a regular on ITV’s Junior Showtime variety programme at 14 and eventually had his own slot on television. He appeared on the Royal Variety Show and played sell-out concerts at the London Palladium and in Las Vegas and Blackpool, where he made his home.

A talented mimic, Longthorne could sing in the style of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and many others. Yet he was also an accomplished singer in his own right, with several hit albums to his name.

Dogged by cancer and ill health for years, he was still singing virtually right up to the end of a rollercoaster life of fame and fortune, drugs, financial problems and tabloid revelations of an illegitimate son who went to jail. Yet Longthorne remained upbeat. “I don’t sing for the money,” he said. “I sing because I want to sing.”

Joseph Patrick Daniel Longthorne was born in 1955 in Hull. The family lived in the Hessle Road area, where many travelling families had settled. His father, Fred, was Romany, a “general dealer” and metalworker who played the piano in local pubs. Joe would go out with his father on the horse and cart, while his mother, Teresa, who was from Irish travelling stock, worked in a fish factory and sang in bars. She had nine children, but only four survived childhood.

His parents’ marriage was described as a “combustible mix”, although Longthorne’s website talks of “a very warm, safe upbringing”. Although they struggled for money, the family always had a working television set — as well as the broken one. Longthorne recalled that they could get rental sets for a week’s free trial and in one year the family tested 52.

He loved dressing up in outfits that he found at his grandmother’s second-hand clothes shop. “I’d wear everything,” he recalled. “Hats, shirts, skirts, trousers, shoes and wigs. There was just so much stuff to play with, to try on and to try out new characters.”

His mother encouraged him to sing and to do impressions, beginning with Al Jolson and, unsurprisingly, Steptoe and Son. He found himself in demand in pubs, old people’s homes and even at funerals, sometimes standing on top of coffins to sing.

He passed an audition for Junior Showtime singing I Believe and playing the spoons, even though he was too young to read the scripts. He spent two years on the show and appeared in a televised version of the pantomime Cinderella. It was only later that he learnt he was dyslexic. He built an adult following on the club circuit in the northeast and then further afield, with his father acting as his manager. His career took off when he reached the final of the ITV talent show Search for a Star in 1981.

Other television appearances followed: he won a Variety Club award as most promising artiste in 1983, was a regular on The Les Dennis Laughter Show and had his own series in the late 1980s and early 1990s. At the peak of his career, however, Longthorne had lymphoma diagnosed. “Cancer is not a word you expect to hear when things are going so well,” he said. “I felt invincible and suddenly out of the blue I felt helpless. I had two choices: to give in or fight. I chose the latter. I got up, dusted myself off and got on with life.”

He went on touring, but struggled with recurrences of cancer. Around the same time financial problems left him on the point of bankruptcy, with more than £1 million of debt. He was also drinking heavily, taking drugs and suffering from depression. He had a nervous breakdown and took an overdose.

Life took a turn for the better when he met James Moran at a party in Blackpool in 1998. Longthorne had realised earlier in his life that he was bisexual and ultimately felt comfortable with it. He is survived by Moran, whom he married quietly in December, and by a son, Ricky Moore, whom he had at 18 with Susan Moore, a factory worker. They were not in regular contact.

In his spare time Longthorne enjoyed sitting in his garden with his cats and free-range chickens and playing music. After concerts he would make a point of meeting his fans, shaking hands and signing autographs. He said he had two mantras: “There’s no business like Joe business” — and “Memories live longer than dreams”.

Joe Longthorne, MBE, singer and musical impressionist, was born on May 31, 1955. He died of cancer on August 3, 2019, aged 64

06
Aug

JOE LONGTHORNE MBE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

We are now able to announce full details for Joe’s funeral arrangements which give everyone in his home city of Hull and his adopted home of Blackpool the opportunity to say their goodbyes to him.

His funeral is to take place over three days starting this Sunday 11th August 2019 when Joe’s cortège will drive to his sister Ann’s house in Hull where he will lay in rest overnight.

On Monday 12th August 2019, at 11am , Joe’s funeral procession will proceed around his home streets of Hull . The route will be Cavil Place, Coltman Street, past the Ryder Club and on to Hessle Road where he is be conducted up and down the thoroughfare ,as he himself liked to do whenever he was back home. The procession will then go past his late parents’ home before returning to Heavenly Services Funeral Directors on Hessle Road. Joe will then travel back to Blackpool to rest at home overnight.

On Tuesday 13th August 2019 the funeral cortege will leave Joe’s home in Layton at 11am and proceed through Layton High Street, towards Church Street and past The Music Hall Tavern, Winter Gardens, The Grand Theatre, Viva Blackpool and along the seafront past The North Pier to arrive at The Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church for a full Requiem Mass commencing at 12noon.Traditional funeral dress is advisable and this is a public service as Joe wanted.

The burial is to take place in Layton Cemetery shortly afterwards and Jamie and the family would like to invite everyone back to Viva Blackpool to remember Joe in a suitable style which he himself would have approved of.

Please send any floral tributes you may wish to send to Box Brothers Ltd,13-15 Hawes Side Lane,Blackpool FY4 4APto arrive between 3pm-5pm on Monday 12th August2019.

05
Aug

THE STAGE OBITUARY: JOE LONGTHORNE – ‘ONE OF THE BIGGEST LIGHT-ENTERTAINMENT STARS OF HIS GENERATION’

Joe Longthorne, who has died at the age of 64, was one of the biggest light-entertainment stars of his generation, admired within the industry for his powerful voice and professionalism and adored by a devoted fan base.

Born in Hull to performing parents from the travelling community, Longthorne showed an early gift for performing. He won his first talent contest at the age of five with an act showcasing his precocious skills as a singer and impressionist – talents that sustained a professional career over more than 40 years, saw him headlining the London Palladium and the Talk of the Town and acquiring three platinum discs for record sales.

After finding early television fame in the late 1960s with regular appearances on ITV’s children’s talent show, Junior Showtime, he served his apprenticeship on stage on the still thriving club circuit at home and abroad in the early years of the 1970s.

Although possessed of a fine voice of his own, Longthorne’s early act drew attention for his uncanny impersonations of an impressive array of singing stars from the Rat Pack and Elvis Presley to Mick Jagger and Des O’Connor and no less impeccable impressions of Dorothy Squires, Shirley Bassey and Judy Garland. Appearing at the London brasserie Quaglino’s in 1978, The Stage took notice of his “genuine star quality”.

His adult break came with another television talent show, Search for a Star, in 1981. Although narrowly beaten in the final, Longthorne’s newly raised profile saw him return to the club circuit on the cusp of stardom. The following year he headlined his first season at the Talk of the Town.

Recognition of his arrival as “the most outstanding young club and cabaret artist for several years” came with a Club Mirror award as specialist act of the year in 1983 and the Variety Club’s most promising artist accolade in 1984.

Those trophies opened the door to the United States, Longthorne spending the next 18 months there including a lengthy and much admired residency in Chicago. He crossed he Atlantic often in the following years, reaching Las Vegas before the end of the decade.

When he returned to the UK, it was with a more polished and sophisticated act that earned him regular guest appearances on television variety programmes, most notably The Les Dennis Laughter Show.

Longthorne hosted his own eponymous show from 1988-91 and sang the theme song for Johnny Speight’s Eric Sykes-starring The Nineteenth Hole in 1989, when he also made his debut appearance in the Royal Variety Performance, a second following in 1995.

At the peak of his popularity in the first half of the 1990s, Longthorne was declared entertainer of the year by the Club Mirror in 1990, filled the 3,000-plus Royal Albert Hall in 1992, and set a solo artist record with his 19-week season at the Blackpool Opera House in 1993, which set box office tills ringing to the tune of £1.8 million.

Diagnosed with cancer in 1989, he continued to perform, although the illness, combined with what Longthorne described as “bad management advice”, led to mounting financial difficulties and his eventual filing for bankruptcy in 2000.

The same stoicism sustained him through an often debilitating treatment for leukaemia, his season at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre in 2001 demonstrating his still substantial pulling power with ticket receipts of more than £1 million.

When complications set in after a bone marrow transplant in 2005, Longthorne spent a month sedated on an hospital ventilator and, a devout Catholic, was given the last rites by a priest. Just five months later, however, he was back on stage in Blackpool with a nationwide tour quickly following.

He survived a further blow when diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2014, touring shortly afterwards to mark his 60th birthday the following year.

His international appeal stretched from residencies in Las Vegas to headlining the Sydney Opera House and in-demand appearances throughout Europe and in Canada and Cyprus.

From the Variety Club, he received a lifetime achievement award in 2007 and a Silver Heart award in 2010 in recognition of his career-long support for charities, for which he was made an MBE in 2012.

He published an autobiography, Sugar in the Morning (co-written with Chris Berry), in 2015.

Joseph Patrick Longthorne was born on May 31, 1955 and died on August 3. He is survived by his husband and manager, James Moran.

05
Aug

JOE LONGTHORNE MBE 1955 -2019

We can now let you all know about the outline plans for Joe's funeral arrangements. It will be held over 2 days in Hull and then Blackpool. The exact dates have to be confirmed, once everything is finalised with the authorities concerned and formalities completed.

Joe's very dear friend Leye D Johns at Viva Blackpool has spoken lovingly on BBC Radio Lancashire today https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07hxb5j
and announced the plan. Listen in at 8.25am to catch all Leye's interview.

Joe will spend a night back home in Hull before a horse drawn procession along Hessle Road and into the city before returning to Blackpool for a full town procession and Requiem Mass at The Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.We will post the exact timings and dates once we have everything confirmed.

Joe loved flowers so please do 'Say It With Flowers' if you are going to pay your respects to 'Our Dear Joe' along the way. There is also a Book of Remembrance at Viva Blackpool's Reception.

03
Aug

JOE LONGTHORNE MBE 1955-2019

It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that the nation’s beloved entertainer Joe Longthorne MBE passed away peacefully in the early hours of today at his cherished home in Blackpool.
Joe died in his bedroom, laying in the arms of his devoted husband of 21 years Jamie, with his rosary beads clutched tight to his chest. He leaves behind sister Ann and brother John. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Jamie and all the family at this sad time.

29
Jun

ANGIE GREER

So saddened by this farewell, a great lady with a massive voice and a heart to match.
Great to have worked with you with such wonderful memories to keep.
For sure, your fellow musicians and entertainers are going to miss you being around as we all will.
So it is with our deepest sympathy to all the family and friends that we say ‘God Bless Angie’.

Faithfully Yours

Joe and Jamie

30
May

‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE’

Tomorrow’s a very special day in the calendar for Joe as he celebrates his 64th birthday. Please join everyone on Joe’s Team in wishing him a big ‘Happy Birthday ' !

15
May

JOE LONGTHORNE 'LIVE' AT THE BRICK LANE MUSIC HALL EAST LONDON

Last few seats available now for Joe at the #worldfamous Brick Lane Music Hall East London this Sunday 19 May. Due to unforeseen circumstances a small block of seats are now available for this event which comprises of a full Sunday lunch followed by the Incomparable Joe Longthorne and the band. This is a rare opportunity to see Joe 'Up Close & Personal' in the intimate surroundings of Brick Lane Music Hall , one of the hotspots on the London tourist trail. Book now to avoid losing out on this offer, Call Brick Lane on T: 0207 511 6655 or email vip@joelongthornembe.co.uk M: 07957355174.

10
May

REMEMBERING FREDDIE STARR

'Deepest sympathies to all who loved you Freddie , a true Comedy Genius who made millions of us laugh, we thank our lucky Starr, God Bless Joe and James xx'

28
Apr

JOE LONGTHORNE WITH HIS BAND ‘LIVE’ AT THE WORLD FAMOUS BRICK LANE MUSIC HALL LONDON SAT MAY 18TH 2019

We’re delighted to announce that a limited number of tickets have been released for a very special performance by Joe at London’s famous Brick Lane Music Hall on Saturday May 18th 2019. This is an afternoon event, doors open at 12.15pm , lunch will be served at 1pm.
Tickets are £59.50 per person, to include three course lunch and concert. To book please call the Box Office on T: 020 7511 6655, further booking information can be found at www.bricklanemusichall.co.uk/bookings/
together with details about this unique venue.

**The Sunday concert is already sold out, these tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis so please do not delay if you wish to attend.**

BRICK LANE MUSIC HALL,443 North Woolwich Road London E16

23
Apr

NEWS UPDATE ON JOE

We are very pleased to bring you this great news on Joe this evening.

Two weeks ago, following a routine check up , his consultant found a tiny suspicious cyst in his mouth. Joe underwent a biopsy and has been waiting since then for the results.

Today he has returned for his results and the good news is that the tests have come back showing that the cyst is not cancerous and harmless and is something which can follow on from the extensive radiotherapy treatment he received for mouth cancer 4 years ago.

As you will all imagine, Joe was extremely relieved and pleased to receive the good news and wishes to express his sincere thanks once again to Mr Akhtar and his team at The Royal Preston Hospital.

Joe would also like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who have sent in their best wishes and showed their care and concern for him during this difficult couple of weeks. He is deeply appreciative of your continuing love and support. He’s now preparing for the concerts this week at Cannock,Retford, Workington and Falkirk and looks forward to seeing everyone there.