Comic Frank Carson Passed Away at 85

February 22, 2012 0

Northern Irish comedian Frank Carson best known for the catch phrases “It’s a cracker” and “It’s the way I tell ’em”, has died aged 85. Carson had suffered from poor health and his family said he passed away at his home in Blackpool, Lancashire. The comic rose to fame in the 1960s after winning talent show Opportunity Knocks three times. He went on to appear in The Comedians and Tiswas.

The Late Frank Carson

The Late Frank Carson

Plans are being made for a funeral in his home town of Belfast.

Despite his show business career, the comedian also served as Mayor of Balbriggan in North Dublin twice. “It is my favourite place in the world,” said Carson, who spent his honeymoon in the area, “it always brings back happy memories”. Frank leaves a wife, Ruth, daughter Majella and sons Tony and Aidan, as well as 10 grandchildren.

The news has shocked the people in Balbriggan as Frank spent a lot of years here. From all of his friends in Balbriggan our deepest condolences to the Carson family during this sad time.