Goodbye Tony Shannon?
It’s with great sadness that we share the news that long-standing Beverley Holidays’ entertainer Tony Shannon passed away peacefully on Saturday 8th February 2014 at the age of 68 following a short illness.
For those of you reading this who have holidayed with us before, you’ll no doubt remember Tony as the colourful and endearing entertainer who could be found wowing the crowds night after night in our Starlight Cabaret Bar, alongside his brother Chris.
But while some of you will be familiar with Tony’s fantastic work here at Beverley Holidays, we thought we’d take this opportunity to tell you a little more about how he came to become one of our holiday park’s most popular entertainers.
Born in Blackpool at the end of the war in 1945, Tony’s talent for music become apparent in his teenage years when he went on to become the front man for a number of local bands. But in stark contrast to his passion for music Tony enjoyed a long career with British Aerospace, yet always returned to his musical roots by continuing to perform whenever possible.
His love of performing was shared by his brother Chris, who many of you will no doubt know. Tony made frequent trips to see Chris performing as a drummer, from his early days in the RAF band to his more recent performances at our very own Beverley Holidays.
Whenever Tony came to see Chris at our holiday park, he would always sing to the crowds and quickly became a firm favourite. And so, after retiring from the aircraft industry in 2003, Tony joined our resident band Jubilee as the front man.
It was here that he met his best friend Ashley Williams – now an up-and-coming guitarist in West End hits such as Jersey Boys and Rock of Ages – together with other familiar faces from our entertainment team including former Jubilee lead keyboard player Derek Elson.
Derek fondly says: “I feel that we gave Tony a new lease of life when he joined us. He was a one off. Tony was colourful, energetic and loved by everyone that met him. When we look back we’ll giggle, but he has left a huge void that can never be filled.”
Tony will be sadly missed by his brother Chris: “There will be many tears at the funeral. My wife Rachel and I were with him when he passed away. I will miss him so much, as will many of Beverley Holidays’ guests. On behalf of my loving brother Tony, I would like to thank Torbay Hospital who treated Tony with outstanding care and dignity.”
“I’d really like to say a huge thank you to Derry for looking after Tony for so many years at the bungalow and also for coming to the hospital. And a massive thank you also to everyone who has sent in their condolences. It means so much to us.”
A funeral service will take place on Monday 24th February 2014 at 1.30pm at St. Georges Church in Dartmouth Road, Goodrington, followed by a private cremation attended by his family only. There will then be a small get-together at 3pm on Beverley Park for funeral attendees.
A musical tribute entitled ‘Celebration of Tony’s Life’ will follow at 7.30pm at Beverley Holidays, featuring entertainers that have worked with Tony over the years including Ashley, Donna, Derek, Eloise, Mega Mix Mike, Stilly, Graham and many more. Donations and proceeds from the musical tribute will go towards the Critical Care Unit and George Earle Stroke Ward at Torbay Hospital.
If you wish to know more information about the musical tribute to Tony, please call us on 01803 843887. If you would like to pass on your condolences, select ‘Leave A Reply’ below this post and we’ll be sure to make these known to Tony’s family and friends.