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Comedian Frank Carson in stomach cancer op

By Lesley-Anne Henry

Belfast-born comedian Frank Carson is fighting stomach cancer.

The 84-year-old - famed for his "It's the way I tell 'em" catchphrase - is understood to have had an operation for stomach cancer.

He cancelled dates across the UK after being diagnosed earlier this year. However, a spokesman for the star said he was now feeling "fine".

"He had an operation which was a great success and he will be back working again," the spokesman added. "He is waiting for the all-clear."

Carson rose to fame as an Irish television performer during the late 1970s and early 80s. He later moved to England to work as a stand-up club comedian and now lives in Blackpool with his wife.

He enjoyed success on shows such as The Good Old Days and Opportunity Knocks but is perhaps best known for The Comedians, when he appeared alongside comics like Bernard Manning.

He had been book to appear in Blackpool this week for a stage version of The Comedians. However, his place in the show was taken by former Catchphrase presenter Roy Walker.

Earlier this year the Belfast Telegraph revealed that the former Parachute Regiment soldier, who was born at St Patrick Street, had pledged his support for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), which was trying to make inroads on the Northern Ireland political scene.

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