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Belfast in tribute to favourite son Jimmy Ellis

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

A book of condolence has opened at Belfast City Hall for legendary actor James Ellis.

The Belfast-born star – known as Jimmy – died on Saturday aged 82.

He was best known for his roles in Z-Cars and The Billy Trilogy.

Deputy mayor Christopher Stalford was the first to sign the book in memory of the actor and stage director whose career spanned more than 60 years.

"I'm saddened to hear of the death of Jimmy Ellis who was an inspiration to many actors from Northern Ireland and has left behind a great acting legacy," Mr Stalford said.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time."

Belfast Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir is currently in New York but had asked that arrangements for the book to be opened be made in his absence.

"Jimmy Ellis walked the beat for Belfast and was a giant of stage and screen," Mr O Muilleoir said. "He loved the city which shaped him and will be sadly missed."

The book of condolence will be available for signing in the main reception area of Belfast City Hall during normal opening hours. For details call 028 9032 0202 or visit belfastcity.gov.uk

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