Farewell to gem of a local comedian May 14th, 2016 jmr jmr Latest News Shares Comments Farewell to gem of a local comedian A comedy legend who brought laughter to hundreds of Southport and Blackpool people has died. Jack Diamond died from a heart attack at the age of 75 at Southport Hospital on Thursday morning. The former comedian, who basked in the spotlight on Blackpool’s biggest stages for more than 25 years, was made famous by his witty one-liners andtalent for ad-libbing. His shining career saw him rub shoulders with world-famous stars such as Eartha Kitt, Roy Orbison, The Walker Brothers, The Beatles, and Les Dawson, who he performed with throughout the 70s and 80s. His widow, former Roly Poly dancer Marie Ashton, 79, said: “He loved showbusiness. It was always a joy to see him working. “Blackpool and Southport was the centre of entertainment at the time. He loved going down and talking to people in the audience and insulting them in a friendly way. He would say things like, ‘where did you get that necklace? A cracker?’ “The crowds loved him. He was always a big favourite at The Grand.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to email@example.com – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Related Comments comments!