Loved clubland singer dies in a fall aged 92
Tributes have been paid to a Blackpool and St Annes clubland star who died after a fall.
Jean Coyle. 92, performed all over the Fylde as a singer and dancer.
Jean, a mother of seven, was born in St Annes and lived there all her life, making her dancing debut aged just five.
She was married in June 1945 to Wilfred while he was serving with the RAF.
Jean returned to the stage in the 1950’s.
In 1954 she was showcased in an ‘X-Factor’ style TV talent showpresented by the famous impresario, Carrol Levis. She went on to feature in programmes for both BBC and ITV.
Always putting family first she shunned the travel required to fulfil a dream of national stardom and instead pursued her career in Clubland at the height of its popularity in Blackpool, often having to travel by bus to venues,while Wilf looked after the family.
Wilf died in 2003.
A family spokesman said: “She rose through the ranks in Northern clubs, appearing with well knownstars as they made their own way up the ladder of success.
“At the age of 90, she sang on the Queen Victoria on a cruise with her family.
“Most recently, she sang at her during her grandson’s wedding celebrations.”
She leaves her six children, 15 grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren.