Resort’s ambassador of showbiz at Embassy

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HISTORY is being made twice on Friday, when Blackpool promoter Robert Young presents Joe Longthorne at the late comedian Bernard Manning’s Embassy Club for the very first time.

Established more than 50 years ago, The Embassy has seen the likes of The Beatles (who charged £30), Cilla Black, Engelbert Humperdinck (when he was performing as Gerry Dorsey and charged £12 a gig) and many others appearing there.

Although Blackpool-based Joe has appeared at almost every major theatre in the world, the Royal Variety Show and Las Vegas, he is very excited to be appearing at The Embassy.

“I suppose it is the sense of history about the place, I always wanted to play there” said Joe,

Also on the bill is the Blackpool-based funnyman Ricky Lane, the only Bernard Manning tribute artiste in the world, and comedienne Janice Yorke, who toured with Manning for 15 years.

Promoter Robert Young said: “I like to promote shows with a difference...an amazing Bernard Manning tribute, plus his favourite support act, Janice Yorke, and Joe Longthorne topping the bill...it doesn’t get any better than this.”

Young re-opened The Embassy in March, with Duncan Norvelle starring.

He said. “The Embassy dates back to 1959, when the Manning family first opened the doors. After Bernard passed away in 2007, it has been used as a wedding/party venue, so to re-open it for its intended purpose was a real privilege for me. It is interesting that the Manning family chose a Blackpool-based promoter to take on this task, when they had a choice of many... proving Blackpool really is the home of showbusiness.”