Tributes to former Mansfield tenor Robert Young

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TRIBUTES have been paid to former Mansfield tenor Robert Young, who has died after a long illness.

Robert, who was at the height of his singing career in the 1970s, appeared at clubs across the UK as well as on TV and radio during a distinguished career.

He was named Most Outstanding Male Vocal Act in 1971 and his first album - A Portrait of Robert Young - was released the same year and was followed by four further successful albums through the decade.

He appeared on The Morecambe And Wise Show and sang at the London Palladium during his peak and was also the first British singer to tour Russia in the 1970s.

Journalist and friend Alan Walsh met Robert more than 35 years ago and compared his voice to operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

“He was a lovely person, very non showbusiness, if he was around today he would be up there with tenor Russell Watson,” he said.

His son, also Robert Young, said his father as an amazing person with a wonderful sense of humour.

“I cannot imagine having a better dad, he was always lots of fun, we used to go on trips together and we always used to sing in the car,” said Robert, who was a choirist at Southwell Minister for five years.

“He had a great sense of humour, people didn’t realise that he wore a wig when he was out and he would always be complimented on having such a full head of hair.”