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Arts correspondent Pauline McLean
"Fellow performers have been paying tribute to a career which spanned more than 50 years"
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Thursday, 1 February, 2001, 20:47 GMT
Death of veteran comedian
Jack Milroy
Jack Milroy was born into a musical family
Veteran Scottish entertainer Jack Milroy - one half of the comedy duo Francie and Josie - has died in hospital.

Mr Milroy, who delighted millions with his music hall-style double act with Rikki Fulton, never fully retired and had been due to open a charity event at Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre.

However, he took ill and died in the city's Western General Hospital on Thursday morning.

Fellow performers have been paying tribute to a career which spanned more than 50 years.

Francie and Josie
Mr Milroy with Rikki Fulton
Born into a musical family, Jack Milroy took to the stage at an early age and later married a fellow performer, Mary Lee.

A popular performer with Scotland's music hall audiences, he really won their hearts when he teamed up with Rikki Fulton in 1960 to form the comedy duo Francie and Josie.

The "gallus chinas" ruled the stage and the airwaves for the best part of 30 years.

Even in later life, Mr Milroy could not shake the showbusiness bug.

He had been due to join fellow performers Jimmy Logan and Johnny Beattie for the launch of a new show at the Pavilion Theatre.

Instead his colleagues paid tribute to the man who for the best part of half a century was one of the kings of Scottish comedy.

Mr Fulton said. "He was one of my greatest friends and I'm going to miss him dreadfully. We have worked together for 50 years at least."

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