Fury over Carson tribute show

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THE grieving family of comic legend Frank Carson today reacted in anger at a Blackpool tribute show set up in his name.

They have accused producers of the show at The Grand theatre of “dancing on the grave” of the star who died last month after a long battle with cancer.

Producer Tony Jo decided to rename his annual charity show “All Hands on Deck” as “It’s A Cracker – A Special Tribute to Frank Carson” in honour of the comedian.

But Frank’s widow Ruth told The Gazette: “The first we heard of this show was when entertainers started contacting us to ask to take part. It’s far too early. We should have been told. We have our own ideas on how, and when, it should be done.”

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Tony Jo has defended the name of the show, stating he was a close friend of Frank, who died at home in Newton Drive, Blackpool, on February 22, aged 85.

He said: “Every year for the past 13 years Frank appeared in it (All Hands On Deck) and it sold out. How could it not become a tribute show for him?”