Farewell to Mr Blackpool

Johnny Galimore, known as Mr Blackpool, has died aged 85.
Johnny Galimore, known as Mr Blackpool, has died aged 85.
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ONE of Blackpool’s most well-known characters has died, aged 85.

Tributes have been paid to Johnny Galimore, known widely as Gally, who was so widely respected across the resort he gained the nickname Mr Blackpool.

During his life he worked as a cabaret performer, singing waiter at the Dixieland show bar, fisherman, clown, rag and bone man and even as a lion tamer.

He also owned horses, working for much of his life as a landau driver, and was also a keen philanthropist.

Gally was born in Bolton but moved to Blackpool at a young age, attending Claremont Primary School.

He later served briefly in the army, before deciding he was more suited to the bright lights of the Promenade.

His daughter Susie Bebbington, of Vicarage Lane, Marton, said: “He lived life to the full and never stopped smiling.

“He also never stopped having stories and it used to amaze people that he had so many fantastic memories.”

He is also survived by daughters Prew, Shez and Wendy.

A son, Pat, tragically died before him.

Gally’s funeral takes place at St Christopher’s Church, in Hawes Side Lane, on Monday. The funeral service will be followed by a party in his honour at The Central Club, in Kent Road.

All are welcome to attend.