Tributes to entertainer Tony who died, just 40

Tony Avalon
Tony Avalon

TRIBUTES will be paid to local entertainer Tony Stollard (stage name Tony Avalon) at a memorial service in Garstang on Monday.

Mr Stollard, who died recently aged 40, lived for most of his adult life at Scorton, and later Winmarleigh.

He was a well-known and popular singer at many venues in the district, including the Crown pub and the Royal Oak, Garstang, the New Holly at Forton, the Manor Inn at Cockerham, and the White Bull at Great Eccleston.

He also played at venues in Blackpool, Lancaster and Morecambe, and at parties and other gigs.

Mr Stollard, who moved to Morecambe two years ago, had many friends throughout the district.

His father, Les Stollard, said: “He never had problems getting gigs because of his large personality, and the quality of his singing act.”

His acts included comedy as well as singing. His singing style included rock, pop, country and western, and ballads.

He leaves his parents, Les and Barbara Stollard, three brothers, a sister and a daughter, Hannah.

A service and cremation was held yesterday (Tuesday) at Lytham Crematorium. The memoral service will take place at Garstang Methodist Church at 3.30pm on Monday, September 19.

Several of his CDs will be on sale, with proceeds going to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).