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Resort singer’s memorial

The late John 'JJ' Bishop, who sang in venues around Blackpool

The late John 'JJ' Bishop, who sang in venues around Blackpool

Tributes have been paid to a singer who entertained across Blackpool for decades.

John ‘JJ’ Bishop will be remembered at a funeral and memorial on Friday, with his family extending an invite to any fans, friends or supporters to join the service.

The late singer had played various venues across the entertainment town in the 60s and 70s, playing for locals at members clubs and tourists in hotels.

Now his family hope to give him a fitting final swansong, inviting other performers to play at his wake in Blackpool.

His son, Sonny Bishop, 44, said: “He was very big in the entertainment scene in the 60s and 70s, he knew a lot of people in the clubland and entertainment business in Blackpool.

“He just loved to sing, he’d been entertaining from a young age. He was self-contained, just singing and doing covers.”

The entertainer, known as John James, JJ or Jack, performed at members clubs, working mens clubs and hotels across Blackpool for two decades.

He later performed with his son’s band, Inner Temple, playing his final show at the famous Blue Room venue in the resort town centre.

Sonny added: “He inspired me. I even went to the same guitar teacher as he did and, as a child, I’d be like his roadie, going to the venues with him.”

Mr Bishop was born in Blackpool in 1945, attending the then Grange Park Primary School and Tyldesley Secondary School, later moving to Johnson Road, Marton.

He started performing when he was 23, singing country rock, pop and ballads, with favourites from the likes of Elvis, Matt Monro and Johnny Cash, and did a summer season at the Ruskin Hotel, on Albert Road, Blackpool.

Mr Bishop, who also has a granddaughter, Romany, 23, suffered declining health in recent years and died on February 26, aged 68.

The service is to be held at Carleton Crematorium at 2.30pm on Friday, March 21, with a celebration at 
Talbot Social Club, on Milbourne Street, Blackpool, afterwards.

Sonny added: “I’d like anyone who knew him from club land or the entertainment scene or hotels to join us.

“It would be nice to be in touch with people who knew my father.

“We’ll be celebrating his life and having acts on in the evening, too, and an Elvis tribute.

“He would have loved that.”

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