(taken from Blackpool Gazette)
Joe Longthorne fans demand honour for star
GIVE Joe an honour!
A fanatical Joe Longthorne fan has launched a campaign to get the Blackpool-based star recognised for his ongoing charity work – and has already attracted one influential supporter.
Fans have been working to try to get the resort favourite a gong for years, but one fan has embraced modern technology in taking the battle directly to the powers that be.
Lyn Perkins, who is based in Staines, Middlesex, has started an online petition on the Downing Street website asking for people to sign up in recognition of Joe.
Support is already flowing in from the most unusual places.
More than 50 people have already added their names including controversial peer Jeffrey Archer, who met the singer at a Royal Variety show and signed up after a request from petition organisers.
Mrs Perkins, 50, decided to take matters into her own hands this month after a petition delivered to Tony Blair at Downing Street two years ago had no effect.
Antiques restorer Mrs Perkins said: "I just don't understand how somebody who has worked as tirelessly as Joe has for more than 30 years has never received an award.
"He has suffered so much with his health but never let his fans down. He is a true inspiration to us all.
"He is so dedicated and down to earth, I decided it was time more action was taken to ensure he gets the thanks he deserves."
Mrs Perkins has been a fan of Joe for 25 years and has travelled all over the country to see her hero perform.
She has watched as the singer has battled with his health. He underwent a life saving bone marrow transplant in 2005 and slipped into a coma after contracting pneumonia.
As ever, Joe bounced back and continues to support a variety of charities including the Anthony Nolan Trust and Macmillan Cancer Research among others.
Friends of the star have pledged their support for the petition. His producer Tony Jo said: "If anybody deserves to be honoured in this way it is Joe.
"He is always happy to help out in anyway he can for charity.
"I'm delighted fans have taken this step."