When Lionel Blair and Alan Carr saved a man’s life on Blackpool’s North Pier

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Along with Alan Carr, they spoke to the man and helped him back onto the pier

 

Lionel Blair has died
Lionel Blair has died

Legendary actor and entertainer, Lionel Blair, sadly passed away the age of 92.

The mega star was known as a showbiz legend gracing British television screens since the 1970s and in turn becoming a household name across the country.

His management company told PA that he died surrounded by his family.

Lionel had a glittering career and in more recent years, appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and The Real Marigold Hotel.

But it was in September 2006 that Lionel made headlines in Blackpool alongside presenter and comedian, Alan Carr, after helping to save a man about to fall off the end of Blackpool’s North Pier.

The television stars had finished filming a pilot programme together when they heard a man was about to fall from the iconic structure over the Irish Sea.

The entertainers headed up to the end of the pier where the man was described to be “holding on by his fingertips” before they managed to grab him. Police at the time said the man was unharmed and returned home to his family.

At the time, the pair were filming Alan Carr’s End-of-the-Pier Show in North Pier’s Sun Lounge.

Mr Blair told the BBC at the time: “The guy that looks after the pier came running into the bar where we were having a drink and said, ‘Can anybody help me?’.”

Mr Carr added: “We got there and there was a man clinging on.”

Mr Blair continued: “We got his hand and said, ‘Come on, you don’t want to die. You can’t do that. Listen to us’.

North Pier in Blackpool. Photo by James Maloney/LancsLive
North Pier in Blackpool. Photo by James Maloney/LancsLive

“He did a double take, but then said, ‘No I want to go’.

“So I got one arm and you [turning to Alan Carr] got the other.”

They both were said to have pulled the man up from the edge as the police arrived at the scene.

The man was arrested by Lancashire Police and then returned uninjured to his family.

Lionel appeared on a number of variety shows in the 60s that shot him into the spotlight. He also features in The Beauty Jungle and A Hard Day’s Night, both in 1964.

At the beginning of the 70s, he appeared as a team captain on Give Us A Clue which continued to air through to the 1990s. He leaves behind wife Susan Davis and their three children and grandchildren.

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