BLACKPOOL comedy legend Frank Carson is recovering from an operation in a battle against stomach cancer.
The Belfast-born comedian, 84, who still works up to 240 days a year on the live comedy circuit, is understood to have undergone a major operation at the end of July.
Frank, known for his catchphrase “It’s the way I tell ‘em” , had to pull out of a stage version of 1970s show The Comedians in Blackpool this week as he recovers from the procedure.
Blackpool comedian and entrepreneur Joey Blower said he hoped Frank would be back wowing crowds at the first opportunity.
He added: “People say you only had to look at Tommy Cooper and he made you laugh. Well, for me and millions of people of my generation, the same can be said of Frank Carson.
“Frank has an aura about him on stage and backstage and having grown up watching him on TV and being inspired by him, I consider it a privilege to have worked alongside the great man and hope to do so soon again – soon.
“It’s not just the way he tells them – it’s everything about him.
Frank, who can list electrician and plasterer as past careers, is recovering at home.
He is also a Knight of St Gregory – the highest honour given by the Catholic Church – after Pope John Paul bestowed the title on him for his tide of charity work.