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Well wishes pour in for Flash Harry frontman on the mend after heart attack

Harry Hamilton, lead singer with Northern Ireland Queen tribute band Flash Harry, came close to death when he suffered a massive heart attack just over two weeks ago.

Harry has been overwhelmed by thousands of messages of support from friends and fans of the band who rallied in support after hearing about his illness.

He has since undergone major surgery, during which medical staff had twice to use a defibrillator to stabilise his heart while five stents were inserted. 

Alliance party leader Naomi Long was among those to wish the tribute star well on Facebook, writing: “Delighted to hear you're on the mend, Harry. We've all been thinking of you. Take care x”.

BrianMay.com, a fan site for the legendary Queen guitarist, shared the Belfast Telegraph’s interview with the tribute act frontman with its 62,000 Twitter followers, writing “#GetWellSoonHarry”.

Belfast-based Abba tribute band The Bjorn Identity took to Twitter to wish their “colleague and friend” a speedy recovery.

“Hopefully not to long before he is back in the road entertaining the masses. Get well soon Harry Hamilton,” the band wrote.

Flash Harry fan Anita McGrath wrote: “Great to know all is well, we’ll see you at ‘the come back special’ - wherever it is!”

Fans from across the UK and Ireland also shared words of encouragement with the singer.

“Good to hear, take it one step at a time, love sent from Wales,” wrote Beth Grifiths.

“Wishing you a speedy recovery Harry… have been in your audience for past few years in Mullingar... spectacular show always. Looking forward to seeing you again back on stage when you are well recovered,” said Tina Dillon Steel.

The Flash Harry front man - a project manager with the NI Food and Drink Association -  shared a post on his personal Facebook page thanking well wishers for all their support, alongside a link to the poignant track I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash.

“Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for the kind messages and get well comments over the last few weeks,” wrote Harry.

Harry as the frontman of Queen tribute act Flash Harry
Harry as the frontman of Queen tribute act Flash Harry
Harry Hamilton at home in Lurgan

“It really has been humbling to receive so many beautiful messages. I will reply to them all eventually. In the meantime all is going well and I expect to make a full recovery. Love to you all xx”.

The band is booked for a concert in Dublin on April 15, which will be exactly six weeks after he fell ill. Harry is hoping that the gig can go ahead but said he won't know until nearer the time.

He added: "It is very humbling to know so many people are concerned. I suppose if you are entertaining people for over 25 years they will become aware of who you are, but there were so many good wishes and messages that I can only describe it as humbling.

"I don't know if I will be well enough to do the Dublin gig. At the moment I feel fine and hopefully it can go ahead, but I really don't want to be worrying about that right now."

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