Frank Carson: Casket at Blackpool church ahead of funeral

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Comedian Frank Carson's casket has gone on display at his local church in Blackpool ahead of his funeral in Northern Ireland.

The star, best known for the catchphrases "It's a cracker" and "It's the way I tell 'em", died on Wednesday aged 85. He had stomach cancer.

His coffin was on view from 12:15 GMT until 16:00 at St Kentigern's Roman Catholic Church in Newton Drive.

His funeral next Saturday will take place in his native Belfast.

Father David Burns, parish priest of St Kentigern's, said: "Frank was a parishioner and this is a chance for people to pay their respects."

'Dry wit'

Fans have left floral tributes to the comic on Blackpool's Comedy Carpet, where "It's the way I tell 'em" is one of many comedy catchphrases laid out on the promenade.

Carson died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

In the wake of his death, his son, Tony, said it was only right that he should be buried in Belfast.

"We have to take him home," he said.

"That's where he came from and that's where he gets the roots of his humour - that sort of Belfast dry wit, no respect for anything or everybody but respect at the same time.

"So we've got to take him back there and celebrate the great life that he had."

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