Joe Longthorne meets fans at his 60th birthday party at Viva Blackpool. A 1987 photo of Joe Longthorne Joe Longthorne in 1989, promoting his album Especially For You in Preston Joe Longthorne switching on the Cleveleys Christmas lights in 2004. A 2004 image of Joe undergoing treatment at the Macmillan Unit in Manchester Joe Longthorne on stage at The Grand in 2006. Long queues for a sold-out charity gala at Blackpool's North Pier in 2008 Joe Longthorne on stage at The Grand, in Blackpool, in 2011. Joe Longthorne with his MBE, awarded in 2012, at his Blackpool home. Joe Longthorne at home in 2014, recovering from a 12-hour cancer operation Joe Longthorne meets fans at his 60th birthday party at Viva Blackpool. Joe attended a mayoral reception at Blackpool Town Hall in his honour as the showbiz community celebrated his 30-year entertaining career in Blackpool.