Remembering Christo James

Christo James Poetry Society Stanza Rep for Blackpool, Christopher Heyworth (known as Christo James), died suddenly in hospital on 12th August 2017, aged 71. He was respected and admired by many colleagues, friends and those with whom he shared his love of the arts and poetry.

His stepson Damian Grady, said:

“He was very, very intelligent. He was a very fun-loving kind of guy and used to teach English at Blackpool and The Fylde College. He was very much into poetry. He had some very small stuff published online, but he would regularly attend poetry events in Blackpool and also in Shrewsbury and Warwick. He loved music and the arts, and he was a prolific Facebook poster.”

Robert Harper (Shrewsbury Stanza rep):

“What a gentle, lovely man he was; a generous nature which was evident in his huge love of poetry and support of all he met through it. I shall miss our conversations which I enjoyed each time he visited Shrewsbury. RIP xxx”

Christo was a former Lib Dem councillor and parliamentary candidate who served Blackpool in the 80s.  Doug Green, former Liberal Democrat for Squires Gate ward, said:

“He was elected when I was first a councillor between 1979 and 1983. He was a very good speaker.He was a good parliamentary candidate for Blackpool North and was the chair of the North West Liberals at that time. He will be sadly missed.”

Blackpool website altBlackpool:

“Christopher was a hugely passionate advocate for all things artistic and all things Blackpool, and this passion shone through to everyone who met him. During his time writing for altBlackpool he wrote articles on a diverse range of art forms including visual arts at Blott Studios and the Oak Tree Studio, as well as amateur musical theatre productions and, of course, poetry.”

Jill Reidy:

“Christopher will leave a huge gap in the lives of his family and friends. I shall certainly miss his knowledge, his humour, his interest in others and the discussions we used to enjoy.”

7 September 2017