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Friday 6th December 2019

Showbiz pals pay tribute to as Joe Longthorne is laid to rest

A sad day in Blackpool

Entertainer and performer Joe Longthorne was laid to rest Tuesday in his beloved Blackpool.

Joe, who died in his husband's arms on August 3 aged 64, was sent off in style as many of his showbiz friends paid their respects.

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Joe had battled cancer several times and continued to perform since a throat cancer diagnosis in 2014.

His 50-year career saw him awarded an MBE.

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Nolan sisters, Anne, Linda and Maureen were in attendance.

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The Royle Family's Ricky Tomlinson also paid his respects.

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Comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown made his way to Blackpool.

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Legendary comedian and comic actor Bobby Ball attended the funeral.

X Factor star Christopher Maloney went to funeral, as well.

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Joe came to fame in 1981 as a singer and impressionist on the ITV show Search For A Star.

He had previously battled blood cancer in 1987 which ended with a diagnosis of chronic lymphatic lymphoma two years later.

Joe had to undergo a bone marrow transplant in 2005 when the lymphoma degenerated into leukaemia.

His funeral procession had begun at Joe's home in Layton at 11am and passed venues he performed at throughout the years, including the famous North Pier, on its way to Sacred Heart Church, where the funeral took place.

A procession in his hometown of Hull also took place yesterday.

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