Variety greats return for North Pier dates

Johnnie Casson, Johnny Duffy and Scott Conrad

Johnnie Casson, Johnny Duffy and Scott Conrad

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‘Good old fashioned variety’ is about to return to Blackpool’s North Pier for the summer.

Cannon and Ball, Johnnie Casson and Mick Miller are among the old school comedians preparing for a season of shows at both the pier’s iconic theatre and the Merrie England bar.

Also on the bill are dates with Dancing Queen - The Concert on Thursdays, and That’s Entertainment, on a Tuesday night, offering the ‘best of Blackpool entertainers, straight-forward, good old fashioned, family friendly variety show’.

The programme has been put together by Blackpool-based entertainer and manager Tony Jo, with his HRH Entertainments company, and Steve Cowper.

The season gets underway on Saturday, August 1, with the Cannon and Ball show, featuring Eliza Bliss, Ben Nickless and Tony Rydal.

Sunday nights were due to be headlined by Joe Longthorne but, as reported in yesterday’s Gazette, he is about to start more treatment for cancer after confirming the disease was back.

Instead the Sunday Night Spectacular will star Johnnie Casson in his 50th season in the resort, with Scott Conrad ‘singing the songs of Joe Longthorne’ and ‘Blackpool’s one and only Johnny Duffy.

Steve said: “Johnny Duffy is a real, local club player in Blackpool but he’s never done the pier.

“We are hoping Joe will be with us at some point in October - he wants to come back for his fans.”

With Manford’s Comedy Club having settled into the Merrie England bar, there are additional comedy nights being planned for the venue.

Thursday nights will feature Mick Miller, Billy Hunter and HRH’s own Tony Jo and guests.

“It’s a great room for cabaret,” Steve said.

“Joey Blower does a great job at the weekend, and with Manford’s running well we think it can be used for more in the week on the back of that.”

And every Wednesday from August 5 Tony Christie will play with his orchestra.

“That’s going to be a great one, with the big band on too.”

Call (01253) 623304 to book or visit www.blackpoolnorthpier.co.uk.