Hundreds of fans lined the streets of Blackpool today as the city paid its final respects to veteran entertainer Joe Longthorne following his death at the age of 64.

The comic and impressionist was carried through his adopted city in a hearse as his funeral procession began at his Layton home before passing several of the venues where he made his name, including the iconic North Pier.

Stars such as Ricky Tomlinson, the Nolan sisters and Jimmy Tarbuck were then among the mourners as a service took place at Sacred Heart Church, where hundreds of fans were permitted to join friends and family.

Canon Bob Dewhurst revealed that Longthorne had wanted a ‘simple service with straightforward hymns’ that the public could attend.

The 64-year-old singer died in the arms of his husband James, who was also seen at today’s service, on August 3 in Blackpool following a battle with cancer.

Stars such as Ricky Tomlinson, the Nolan sisters and Jimmy Tarbuck were among the mourners as a service took place at Sacred Heart Church (pictured), where hundreds of fans were permitted to join friends and family

Stars such as Ricky Tomlinson, the Nolan sisters and Jimmy Tarbuck were among the mourners as a service took place at Sacred Heart Church (pictured), where hundreds of fans were permitted to join friends and family

Stars such as Ricky Tomlinson, the Nolan sisters and Jimmy Tarbuck were among the mourners as a service took place at Sacred Heart Church (pictured), where hundreds of fans were permitted to join friends and family

Ricky Tomlinson and Tony Barton

Ricky Tomlinson and Tony Barton

The comic and impressionist was carried in a hearse in a funeral procession through his adopted hometown as friends and relatives gathered to say farewell

The comic and impressionist was carried in a hearse in a funeral procession through his adopted hometown as friends and relatives gathered to say farewell

Actors Ricky Tomlinson and Tony Barton (left) were among the crowd who paid their final respects to veteran entertainer Joe Longthorne as he was laid to rest a week after his death

The 64-year-old singer died in the arms of his husband James, who was also seen at today's service (pictured), on August 3 in Blackpool following a battle with cancer

The 64-year-old singer died in the arms of his husband James, who was also seen at today's service (pictured), on August 3 in Blackpool following a battle with cancer

The 64-year-old singer died in the arms of his husband James, who was also seen at today’s service (pictured), on August 3 in Blackpool following a battle with cancer

Anne, Linda and Maureen, members of the girl group the Nolan Sisters, were among those in attendance today as Joe Longthorne was laid to rest

Anne, Linda and Maureen, members of the girl group the Nolan Sisters, were among those in attendance today as Joe Longthorne was laid to rest

Roy Chubby Brown

Roy Chubby Brown

Anne, Linda and Maureen, members of the girl group the Nolan Sisters (left), and comedian Roy Chubby Brown (right) were among those in attendance today as Joe Longthorne was laid to rest

Hundreds of fans lined the streets of Blackpool today as the city paid its final respects to veteran entertainer Joe Longthorne following his death at the age of 64

Hundreds of fans lined the streets of Blackpool today as the city paid its final respects to veteran entertainer Joe Longthorne following his death at the age of 64

Hundreds of fans lined the streets of Blackpool today as the city paid its final respects to veteran entertainer Joe Longthorne following his death at the age of 64

Joe's husband James is hugged by a fellow mourner

Joe's husband James is hugged by a fellow mourner

Shown is a floral display on show inside the actor's hearse

Shown is a floral display on show inside the actor's hearse

Joe’s husband James is hugged by a fellow mourner today (pictured left). Shown right is a floral display on show inside the actor’s hearse

The star singer was born into an entertainment family of Romani descent in Hull, on May 31, 1955.

During his childhood, he made regular appearances on the ITV series ‘Junior Showtime’ until the age of 16.

He shot to fame after appearing on the London Weekend Television series ‘Search for a Star’ in 1981.

His roaring success on the show led him to perform at venues such as the London Palladium and a month-long season at London’s Talk of the Town.

Three of his albums went platinum and he appeared in theatre in the US and at the Sydney Opera House.

In 2007 the Variety Club awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award, which placed him amongst past recipients such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald.

He even went on to present his own television programme, The Joe Longthorne Show.

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in his 2012 Birthday Honours for services to charity. 

Blackpool was brought to a standstill today as friends, relatives and fans alike gathered in the town centre to pay their respects to veteran comic Joe Longthorne

Blackpool was brought to a standstill today as friends, relatives and fans alike gathered in the town centre to pay their respects to veteran comic Joe Longthorne

Blackpool was brought to a standstill today as friends, relatives and fans alike gathered in the town centre to pay their respects to veteran comic Joe Longthorne

Roy Walker

Roy Walker

Jamie Moran

Jamie Moran

Northern Irish television personality and comedian Roy Walker (pictured left) was among those in attendance today, with mourners led by Joe’s husband James Moran (right)

Family and friends are led into the church by Joe Longthorne's husband James Moran today as fans of the star show their appreciation

Family and friends are led into the church by Joe Longthorne's husband James Moran today as fans of the star show their appreciation

Family and friends are led into the church by Joe Longthorne’s husband James Moran today as fans of the star show their appreciation

The coffin of Joe Longthorne is carefully removed from the back of a hearse before a service takes place at Sacred Heart Church in Blackpool

The coffin of Joe Longthorne is carefully removed from the back of a hearse before a service takes place at Sacred Heart Church in Blackpool

The coffin of Joe Longthorne is carefully removed from the back of a hearse before a service takes place at Sacred Heart Church in Blackpool

Christopher Maloney

Christopher Maloney

Alice Barry

Alice Barry

Singer Christopher Maloney and actress Alice Barry were among those in attendance today as mourners paid their final respects to Joe Longthorne

Canon Bob Dewhurst revealed that Longthorne had wanted a 'simple service with straightforward hymns' that the public could attend (pictured)

Canon Bob Dewhurst revealed that Longthorne had wanted a 'simple service with straightforward hymns' that the public could attend (pictured)

Canon Bob Dewhurst revealed that Longthorne had wanted a ‘simple service with straightforward hymns’ that the public could attend (pictured)

A floral display resembling a piano is left in the window of the hearse after Joe Longthorne's coffin was carried into the church

A floral display resembling a piano is left in the window of the hearse after Joe Longthorne's coffin was carried into the church

A floral display resembling a piano is left in the window of the hearse after Joe Longthorne’s coffin was carried into the church

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