Popular comic’s cancer battle

Comedian Frank Carson
Comedian Frank Carson
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BLACKPOOL comedy legend Frank Carson is undergoing further treatment in his battle against stomach cancer.

Frank, 84, who still works 200-plus days a year on the live comedy circuit, underwent a major operation in July.

He is now undergoing three weeks of chemotherapy but hopes to be back on stage very soon.

He said: “I feel OK. I have three weeks of treatment which is tiring but that is how it is.”

Last week the star was saddened by the death of close friend Eric Slack.

Mr Slack had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in June and despite undergoing treatment the Blackpool hotelier sadly lost his battle with cancer last Monday.

Frank added: “I hope to be better soon, it would be great if we could put on a tribute event for Eric.

“He was a great help to up and coming young comedians, as I was once, we were all saddened by the news of his death.

“He always asked how I was, when he found out I was ill he was constantly sending me messages of support, willing me to get better.”

Frank, who can list electrician and plasterer as past careers, last month, had to pull out of a stage version of 1970s show The Comedians in Blackpool to recover from his cancer treatment.

His place was taken by former Catchphrase presenter and fellow Irishman Roy Walker.

Blackpool comedian and entrepreneur Joey Blower said he hoped Frank would be back wowing the crowds soon.

He said: “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 again – soon.

Frank became a popular performer on Irish television before moving to England to work as a stand-up club comedian, best known for hit show The Comedians.