Fond tributes to charm­ing gen­tle­man en­ter­tainer Val

Ir­ish­man’s singing ca­reer spanned more than six decades

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TRIBUTES have been paid to the much -oved singer and en­ter­tainer Val Doon­i­can, who died last week.

Mr Doon­i­can, who lived in Knotty Green in Bea­cons­field, died on Thurs­day, July 2, aged 88, of old age ac­cord­ing to his fam­ily.

He had been a reg­u­lar fix­ture on tele­vi­sion screens across the UK with the Val Doon­i­can Show, which ran from 1965 un­til 1986 and fea­tured his own per­for­mances and guest artists.

Born Michael Valen­tine Doon­i­can in 1927 in Water­ford, Ire­land, he was the youngest of eight chil­dren.

He started per­form­ing in his home­town, was fea­tured on Ir­ish ra­dio and ap­peared in Water­ford’s first ever tele­vi­sion broad­cast.

In 1951, Mr Doon­i­can moved to Eng­land to join singing group the Four Ram­blers, who toured and per­formed on BBC ra­dio.

In 1963, he was asked to ap­pear on Sun­day Night at the Pal­la­dium which led to him be­ing of­fered his own show.

His jumpers be­came his trade­mark along with the rock­ing chair from which he of­ten per­formed.

The Pal­la­dium per­for­mance also launched his record­ing ca­reer, lead­ing to five suc­cess top 10 al­bums in the UK in the ‘60s.

He stopped per­form­ing in 2009 af­ter more than 60 years.

Af­ter news of his death last week, peo­ple from the world of show­busi­ness, as well as those who knew him from his time in

Val Doon­i­can was well-known for his rock­ing chair and jumpers when he ap­peared on TV from 1965 to 1986 Bucks, lined up trib­ute to him.

Bob Massie, a tele­vi­sion pro­ducer whose wife Tina

to pay runs the Red Lion in Knotty Green, which Mr Doon­i­can lived op­po­site, said: “In later life I got to know him as he lived just op­po­site the Red Lion and he helped us with KnotFest.

“He was thor­oughly charm­ing and will be very much missed.”

Astrologer Rus­sell Grant tweeted: “Dear Val Doon­i­can has passed over. I worked with him many times a dear, kind, down to earth man. One of tele­vi­sion’s gen­tle­men”, while DJ Tony Black­burn said; “So sad to hear that Val Doon­i­can has passed away. He was a lovely man and a true pro­fes­sional who I worked with on sev­eral TV shows.”

Mr Doon­i­can is sur­vived by his wife Lynn, daugh­ters Sarah and Fiona and grand­chil­dren Bethany and Scott.

A state­ment from the fam­ily said: “He was a won­der­ful hus­band, fa­ther and grand­fa­ther and will be greatly missed by fam­ily, friends and his many fans.”

No date has yet been set for a fu­neral but a fam­ily spokesman said that it would be a pri­vate cer­e­mony.

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