A gentleman by the name of John Howarth recently contacted me about making a special place on Morecambe.co.uk for his brother Mort Allan, who some of you will remember was a popular showbiz entertainer from the North West and was a true Morecambe Citizen.
Here’s a little about Mort who died in 2003:
MORT Allan, one of the best known and most popular showbiz entertainers in the North-west, died in the Royal Lancaster Infirmary on Monday after a long and brave battle against cancer. He was 66. Originally part of a successful clubland double act with veteran Bolton entertainer Norman Vernon, Mort went on to establish himself as a top class compere at leading northern nightclubs Blightys in Farnworth and Fagins in Manchester.
During his early years in Bolton he was part of an award winning ballroom jive dancing troupe known as The Red Devils, a complimentary nod to Mort’s army service in the Parachute Regiment.
In recent years, Mort has lived in Middleton, near Morecambe, where he ran successful dog boarding and rescue kennels with his long time partner Joan, whom he married in April. He also helped to relaunch the Morecambe Jazz Festival with his close friend, TV personality, Jim Bowen.
To find out more about Mort Allan, please visit his brothers memorial page at: http://www.jhowarth.co.uk/Mort_Allan/index.html
And if you have a story about another great citizen of Morecambe, then please get in touch.