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Thread #62767 Message #1015489
Posted By: John Robinson (aka Cittern)
09-Sep-03 - 11:15 AM
Thread Name: Lord Lucan search ends with folk singer!
Subject: Lord Lucan search ends with folk singer!
A wonderful story in today's Guardian newspaper.
A former Scotland Yard detective has published a book claiming to have discovered that Lord Lucan had been living in Goa, India. This was taken up by the Sunday Telegraph newspaper who published a feature on it on Sunday, including a photoraph of "Lord Lucan", sporting a very impressive looking display of facial hair.
Presenter of BBC Radio 2's Folk and Acoustic show Mike Harding, among others, wrote to the Guardian to tell them that "Lucan" was in fact Barry Halpin, a folk singer from St Helens who was "a well known character in the pubs and clubs of the north-west of England".
A "great ballad singer and song collector; he could play concertina, banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin and melodeon" according to Mike.
Any mudcatters have any memories of the man?
I mean Halpin not Lucan!