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The BBC's Nick Higham
pays tribute to Sir Harry
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Denis Norden remembers his friend
"He could liven up a gathering without resorting to jokes"
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Wednesday, 11 April, 2001, 20:35 GMT 21:35 UK
Tributes to 'Clown Prince of Wales'
Sir Harry Secombe
Sir Harry Secombe was Wales's comic son
Tributes from across Wales have been paid to Sir Harry Secombe, who was known affectionately as "The Clown Prince of Wales".

Cultural historian Peter Stead described Sir Harry as "Swansea's most famous son after Dylan Thomas".

"Harry was a natural entertainer who had theatre in his bones," he said.

Sir Harry Secombe with The Goons
Secombe became a star with The Goon Show
"He was also a very good tenor and had the most infectious laugh".

BBC Wales radio and TV presenter and comedian Owen Money spoke of his sadness on hearing of Sir Harry's death.

"I heard Sir Harry had died moments ago in my car on the radio and it was a real shock. People all over Wales will be absolutely devastated," he said.

"I used to listen to him all the time on the radio and in my early days as a performer he was very complimentary about my act and encouraged me.


"I feel almost as if I have lost a family member

Lawrence Bailey, leader Swansea council
"Wales has not produced too many great comedians - largely because Harry used to get all the laughs.

"He was a great man and I will be playing some of his songs such as, If I Ruled the World, on my radio show tomorrow.

"I feel a bit choked at hearing this and I know a lot of people who knew and respected him at BBC Radio Wales will feel the same."

In Sir Harry's home city, there are already plans to commemorate one of the city's most famous sons.

Neddie Seegoon

Lawrence Bailey, the Labour-ruled council's deputy leader, said: "I can say without fear of contradiction we as a council will do something to commemorate his life.

"I feel almost as if I have lost a family member.

"My mother grew up close to the St Thomas estate where he lived.

"She still talks about him singing in the chapels of St Thomas when she was a young girl.

"This is a great loss for Swansea. "It is strange to think how exactly he will be remembered.

"For many it will be as a singer but others will always see him as Neddie Seegoon.

"But there is no doubt in my mind that we as a city will do something to commemorate his long contribution over the years."

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