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Frank Carson comedian

From the Telegraph:

Frank Carson, the Northern Irish stand up, best known for his catchphrases “it’s the way I tell ’em” and “it’s a cracker”, died peacefully at his Blackpool home, Lancs, on Wednesday morning after a battle with stomach cancer.

His spokesman, Ashley Yeates, said that the comedian, who once joked with the Pope about seeing Elvis when he died, was surrounded by his family, his "greatest fans".

. . .Frank continued to perform his stand-up show until December last year, one of his final performances was for The Duke Of Edinburgh."

. . .Frank became famous after winning the television talent show Opportunity Knocks before going on to further success in The Comedians. The comic, who grew up in a deprived area of north Belfast, performed all over Britain.

. . .Throughout his life he raised lots of money for charity and was recognised by the Roman Catholic Church when he was awarded a Papal Knighthood of the Order of St Gregory by Pope John Paul II.

In a statement his family family said that "husband, father, Gaga and comedian set off for his final gig today".

"He went peacefully at his home in Blackpool surrounded by his greatest fans - his extended family. We will be taking him home to Belfast to lay him to rest and celebrate his joyful life.

"It's quieter down here now. God help them up there!!"

A generous, fun-loving, and persevering gentleman.

Ave atque Vale.

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