Memorial for Thai death illusionist

Richard De Vere's

Richard De Vere's "Beyond Belief" show at the Pleasure Beach Horseshoe bar, Blackpool.

Tributes will be paid to Blackpool illusionist Richard De Vere when a special service in his memory is held on Friday.

Members of the public are invited to the memorial at Viva Blackpool on Church Street which starts at 12.30pm, although doors open at 11.45am.

Mr De Vere, 46, who lived in Thornton, died on March 10 while holidaying in Thailand.

He joined Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 1995, performing in Mystique for 13 years, and then Beyond Belief.

The entertainer, who had been due to begin a new engagement this year at Viva, died after developing pneumonia and then suffering a massive heart attack.

Friday’s memorial has been organised at the request of Richard’s long-term partner Marc Lawlor who returned to the UK on Saturday with the star’s ashes following a cremation at the Wat Tai Temple in Pattaya.

A spokesman for Richard’s management said: “It’s a chance for the family to not only share their loss, but stories of their happy times with Richard both on and off the stage.

“All are welcome to attend and pay tribute to an incredibly popular entertainer and much missed colleague, friend and family member to so many left behind.”

Anyone with footage or photographs they would like to display, and former colleagues who wish to speak, can contact venue director Martin Heywood via email at martin@vivablackpool.com.

Attendees can access the venue via the main entrance located on Church Street.




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