Resort bids a goodbye to ‘legend’ entertainer

Friends and family bid farewell to Mike Rossi at Lytham Crematorium
Friends and family bid farewell to Mike Rossi at Lytham Crematorium
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Family and friends of a legendary Blackpool entertainer paid their respects at his funeral.

Mike Rossi brought joy to thousands of people at his regular gigs at Hampton Road Social Club and the Queens Hotel on Blackpool Promenade.

Mike Rossi, Mr Blackpool, died on November 22

Mike Rossi, Mr Blackpool, died on November 22

He died suddenly at the age of 67 on November 22 from a blocked artery brought on by a long-standing heart condition - just hours after his final act.

Family, friends, and fans of the popular DJ gathered at Lytham crematorium at 2pm yesterday to pay tribute to his 30-year entertainment career.

Guests were asked to wear bright pinks and reds instead of the traditional black, and enjoyed upbeat rock’n’roll songs ‘Johnny B. Goode’, ‘Save Me the Dance’ and ‘Seaside Stroll’.

Mr Rossi’s wife Dawn Faulkes, 53, said: “That was just the sort of person he was. He wouldn’t have wanted any sadness. He would have done the same for anybody else.

“I think he would have thought it was wonderful.

“A few years ago I did a big surprise party for his 65th birthday and he didn’t have a clue. The place was in darkness and when the lights came on the place was just full. He didn’t know what to do with himself. He was so happy he just cried.

“If he was here today I think he would do the same.”

Mr Rossi, who had just celebrated his sixth wedding anniversary on November 14, leaves behind his wife, his daughter Katie, and three-year-old granddaughter Olivia.

He also leaves a sparkling seaside resort career, which saw him perform alongside singer Joe Longthorne, comedian Johnnie Casson and pantomime favourites Cannon and Ball.

Mrs Faulkes said: “It’s been hard for us having to organise the funeral but the Co-Operative have been absolutely fantastic and dealt with everything. I still can’t believe that he’s gone. Every time the door goes I expect him to walk through. I think Mike would have loved it. He probably won’t be able to believe how many people there are.”

Debbie Raymond, assisstant manager at the Queen’s Hotel, said: “The manager agreed to open the hotel after the funeral especially for him because we appreciate everything he did and all the work he put in.

“I think it’s fantastic that everyone wore pink and red. Funerals don’t have to be morbid places.

“He needed a happy send-off. He was a happy, jolly man - he played Father Christmas, how much more jolly can you get! He didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone.”

Now Mr Rossi’s family and friends are looking forward to continuing his legacy with a special Christmas event.

‘Rossi’s Rockin Around the Christmas Tree Party Weekend’ will go ahead at the Queen’s Hotel on Friday in his honour.