An entertainer who once knocked The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper from the top of the charts, Val Doonican, has died at the age of 88.

Irish-born Val was a hugely popular figure in the 1960s and 70s and The Val Doonican Show was a staple of Saturday nights and Christmases, featuring stars of the calibre of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash.

 

His family said he died ‘peacefully’ in Buckinghamshire on Wednesday night.

Velvet-toned Val became known for his colourful array of jumpers while his hits included Walk Tall, The Special Years and Elusive Butterfly and he had five top 10 albums in the 1960s.

The Val Doonican Show ran from 1965 to 1986 on BBC1 and Val continued performing well into his Eighties.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn, and children.