Jimmy Cricket has paid a warm tribute to Houghton Weavers lead singer Tony Berry who died last week aged 69.
Tony passed away on Thursday evening following a prolonged and brave battle with pancreatic cancer.
Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy said: “Tony Berry was indeed a pleasure to know! He was kind, loving and a true gentleman!
“On stage he had a fine voice and a warm personality. He helped to make the Houghton Weavers one of the best folk groups in the country! R.I.P. old friend!”
Tony’s band mates David Littler, Steve Millington and Jim Berry announced his passing with a special tribute on their website.
The message read: “It is with a very deep sadness that The Houghton Weavers must announce the passing of our much loved lead singer, Tony Berry.
Tony passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, 13th June, at home with his family, following a prolonged illness.
Tony was a wonderfully talented, thoughtful and kind person who touched the lives and hearts of so many over a lifetime of dedication to show business.
Tony will be very sadly missed but will remain eternally in our hearts and thoughts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony’s family at this difficult time.
God Bless Tony,
Rest in Peace.
from all your band mates and loving fans.”