Blackpool’s queen still raising 
for charity

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THERE is no doubt that Pat Mancini would be delighted to know she is continuing to raise money for good causes, even after her death.

Pat was dubbed the Queen of Blackpool for decades worth of charity work. She ran the South Promenade hotel The Queens, a favourite after-show venue for showbiz personalities - all of whom were at Pat’s funeral in 2011, when she died after a battle against illness.

Bobby Ball, Joe Longthorne, Johnnie Casson and Roy Chubby Brown were among the mourners, as well as Pleasure Beach boss Amanda Thompson and the cast of Blackpool Tower Circus.

You get the picture, Pat was much-loved and is sorely missed by all who knew her.

But this being the entertainment industry, the show must go on - and so it will when the second Pat Mancini Ball takes place at the Hilton Hotel next month.

Organised by the Queendeans Association (Pat used to be chairman of the Blackpool based charity that donates goods and services to worthy causes on the Fylde Coast), it will follow on from last yera’s inaugural event, which was launched by Joe Longthorne and was a huge success, raising over £4,000 for the charity.

This year’s event is on April 20, with dinner and entertainment included. Headlining are The Ragdolls - a tribute to the Jersey Boys - plus several other artists, all of whom are giving their time free of charge.

Tickets are already selling fast - an indication of the high esteem in which Pat was held. Tables of 10 can be ordered, or individual seats at £50 per ticket, with special rates for overnight stay at the Hilton.

Tickets can be purchased from Jean Parkes on 01253 899333 for the ball and accommodation direct with the hotel.

If you are unable to attend the ball, donations are welcomed. Go to www.thequeendeans.co.uk for more details.