Farewell to big Prom character

Coral Island, where Edward Scantlebury (below) worked.
Coral Island, where Edward Scantlebury (below) worked.

A POPULAR Promenade stalwart who worked on the Golden Mile for 30 years has died aged 81.

Edward Scantlebury began working in Blackpool when he joined the Mecca dance hall and was known by many holidaymakers and residents for his 26 years of service at Coral Island.

Edward Scantlebury, 81, has died.

Edward Scantlebury, 81, has died.

For the last 13 years, Mr Scantlebury, better known as Ted, was a fond face in the attraction’s Buccaneer family bar where he helped until the end of the 2012 season.

Mr Scantlebury’s wife Joan, 80, says Blackpool was her husband’s life despite him living in Blackburn the majority of his 81 years.

She said: “He was the type of person that when you met him you’d never forget him. Blackpool was a big part of his life and it was like he was married to the town as well as me.

“He worked at Coral Island ever since the first people bought it.

“When they bought it, they bought Ted, and he loved it.”

During the attraction’s formative years as an entertainment venue, Mr Scantlebury worked the front of house and managed the acts appearing on stage.

He died last Friday after suffering a heart attack.

Mark Fox, a manager at Coral Island, said: “He was a character and anyone who knew him will tell you that.

“When I found out he had died on Sunday people were coming in and telling me how tragic it is because there are a lot of people who will miss him.

“He loved the Promenade and the people on there. He never had a bad word to say about them and he loved all the tourists.”

His funeral will be held at 3pm tomorrow at Pleasington Crematorium, in Blackburn.