The great and the good of Northern Ireland came together on Thursday evening for a night of celebration in memory of the life of beloved comic Frank Carson.
The legendary comedian passed away aged 85 exactly one year ago, and the gala concert evening at the Grand Opera House was a celebration of the Ulster favourite’s life.
The charity night saw all proceeds go to Frank’s two favourite causes, child cancer charity Clic Sargent and the Integrated Education fund.
Two of Frank’s children, Majella and Tony, said the Gala Charity Tribute Show would have made their father very proud indeed.
Writing in the official programme for the evening, the pair said: “Frank loved to be on stage and one of his favourites was in his home town of Belfast, of course, the Grand Opera House. Having the show here makes tonight even more special and poignant for us, as his family. It will be an emotional evening as we,with some of his friends and fans,take a trip down memory lane to honour the legend that was Frank Carson.
“We’re all certain to enjoy it, with perhaps an occasional tear. One year on, the old cracker is still bringing a smile to a grey day. He always will, because ‘it’s the way he told‘em’.”
Performers who took part in the show included Brian Kennedy, William Caulfield, Adrian Dundar, Flash Harry May McFettridge and many others.
Majella and Tony added: “In particular we’d like to thank the Producer/Director, Ian Dougan and his team for their creativity, enthusiasm and can-do attitude.”
See the official programme, complete with personal tributes, above.