What a celebration as we paid our respects to the great Mo
Jimmy Cricket was among those to pay their respects to the “great” Mo Moreland at her funeral in Lancashire.
Entertainer Mo, originally from Sheffield, died in December after a long illness at a nursing home on the Fylde coast.
The service took place at Lytham Park Cemetery & Crematorium in Lytham St Annes on Thursday morning (18 January).
Jimmy said afterwards: “What a celebration this morning as we paid our respects to the great performer/comedian/dancer/singer Maureen Moreland, aka Mo, from the Roly Polys.
“Our thanks to family friends of Mo, Tracey, Sam and Charlotte Dawson who helped us give her a great send off! xx.”
Mo was best known as the lead dancer in comedy dance troupe the Roly Polys, devised by late comedian Les Dawson.
Their success took them across the world to perform, including travelling to France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Hungary, Italy and Japan in their 20-year career.
They were especially popular with German audiences and visited the country on numerous occasions.
Mo also appeared in Coronation Street, as well as on the Little and Large Show, and Super Gran.
Northern Irish comic Jimmy had first met her when she was one half of the Mighty Atom and Roy act, in which she teamed up with her husband.
Mo was born Maureen McCluskey in 1936 and married singer Roy in 1959. He died in 2001.
She first performed on stage aged three and attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
At just 4ft 11in tall, she performed as The Mighty Atom and was a skilled dancer, particularly at tap.