Showband star Jimmy Johnston is laid to rest
The funeral of showband leader Jimmy Johnston was held in Comber yesterday.
The 77-year-old, who passed away last Thursday after an illness, led the Jimmy Johnston Showband for some 50 years.
In his later career, he worked as an agent, a music producer and even managed Portadown's Seagoe Hotel. He also started Ulster's biggest country music dancing agency.
Mourners gathered at First Comber Presbyterian Church yesterday afternoon.
A funeral notice described the Comber man as a "dearly-loved husband of Carol, stepfather of David". He also leaves behind daughter Yvette, daughter-in-law Julie, grandchildren Kelly, Rebecca, Ryan and Cara, and son-in-law Michael.
While he enjoyed his own life on stage at the height of the showband era in the 1960s and 70s, Johnston later offered a helping hand to newer acts.
Country singer Nathan Carter, who regularly sells out shows across the UK and Ireland, wrote last week: "Very sad to hear of the passing of Jimmy Johnston, a man who believed in me and gave me gigs all over Northern Ireland for many years.
"Today is a sad loss to the music industry. RIP Jimmy."