Joe Longthorne: A look back at long career of veteran Blackpool entertainer

Veteran entertainer Joe Longthorne has died, aged 64, in his husband's arms at their Blackpool home

Saturday, 3rd August 2019, 12:53 pm
Updated Saturday, 3rd August 2019, 1:53 pm
Joe Longthorne meets fans at his 60th birthday party at Viva Blackpool.
Joe Longthorne meets fans at his 60th birthday party at Viva Blackpool.

Here we take a look back on his career through photos taken from the archives. Read tributes to Joe here.

A 1987 photo of Joe Longthorne
Joe Longthorne in 1989, promoting his album Especially For You in Preston

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Joe Longthorne switching on the Cleveleys Christmas lights in 2004.
A 2004 image of Joe undergoing treatment at the Macmillan Unit in Manchester
Joe Longthorne on stage at The Grand in 2006.
Long queues for a sold-out charity gala at Blackpool's North Pier in 2008
Joe Longthorne on stage at The Grand, in Blackpool, in 2011.
Joe Longthorne with his MBE, awarded in 2012, at his Blackpool home.
Joe Longthorne at home in 2014, recovering from a 12-hour cancer operation
Joe Longthorne meets fans at his 60th birthday party at Viva Blackpool.
Joe attended a mayoral reception at Blackpool Town Hall in his honour as the showbiz community celebrated his 30-year entertaining career in Blackpool.