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Town erects plaque to Spike

A plaque has been unveiled to Spike Milligan in his family home of Sligo.

Although Milligan was born in India, the tribute was erected in the street where his father, Leo, was born.

Town mayor Declan Bree, who performed the ceremony, said: “There were countless facets to his genius and he was very prolific as a comedian, writer and all round entertainer who was highly regarded for his work on the radio, TV, print and on stage.

 “But like all outstanding geniuses he was sometimes driven and sometimes distracted by many complexities.The comic façade disguised a turbulent and troubled personality.

“He was funny, difficult, very productive, eccentric, often abrasive, but most all loved and admired.

“Spike Milligan was a comic legend and I am very pleased that the Sligo connection is now being acknowledged as part of his distinctive legacy, the town’s Weekender newspaper reports him saying.

Published: 28 Jun 2005

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