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Tributes as Eurovision crooner Ronnie Carroll dies

By Lesley Houston

Published 14/04/2015

Star: Ronnie Carroll
Star: Ronnie Carroll

Belfast crooner Ronnie Carroll, who found fame in the 1960s in the Eurovision Song Contest, has died.

The cancer-stricken 80-year-old died at a Marie Curie facility yesterday surrounded by family and friends.

His son Luke, a film-maker, returned from Canada, while another son Harry came back from Israel to be at his bedside.

He represented the UK as a Eurovision contestant in 1962 with Ring-A-Ding Girl and again in 1963 with Say Wonderful Things - coming fourth both times. It was the only time the same singer represented the UK in two consecutive years.

Carroll - whose biggest hit was Roses are Red - scored two Top 10 hits in those same two years.

Born Ronald Cleghorn in Roslyn Street, Belfast, in August 1934, he first worked in variety theatre where he met his first wife, That Was The Week That Was star Millicent Martin. His first hit in 1956 was Walk Hand in Hand.

In later life, he turned his attention to politics - and his name will even appear on a ballot paper on May 7.

Carroll was too ill in an English hospice to hand in his nomination papers, but close friend 'Rainbow George' Weiss ensured his name would go forward. He was due to stand as an independent in the election in the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency.

He had previously stood unsuccessfully in elections under the banner of parties such as Make Politicians History.

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