Belfast Telegraph

Carson's body on display in Belfast

Family, friends and fans of Frank Carson have paid tribute to the late comedian as his body returned to his home town.

The stand-up comic's open coffin was displayed in a funeral parlour in the area where he grew up in north Belfast, ahead of his funeral at the weekend.

Frank, 85, died in his adopted home of Blackpool, Lancashire, last week after a battle with stomach cancer.

Stars of screen and stage are set to attend his Requiem Mass on Saturday at St Patrick's Church, where he married his wife, Ruth, more than 60 years ago.

Among those who visited the funeral parlour to pay respects today were his brother, Paddy Carson, and nephew, Captain Breen Carson.

The comic's coffin was put on display in his local church in Blackpool last weekend.

A short private reception was held for his family last Saturday when his remains arrived at St Kentigern's Roman Catholic Church.

Fans have also been leaving floral tributes on Blackpool's Comedy Carpet.

One of Frank's catchphrases - "It's the way I tell 'em" - is immortalised in the visitor attraction on the resort's promenade.

Frank died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

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