Tributes paid to Bradford crooner Harry Sydney

Musicians are mourning a flamboyant and well-known character, who died last week.

Stephen Anthony Swaine, who was known by his stage name Harry Sydney, died on December 16 after a heart attack.

Originally from Bradford, he moved to York about five years ago.

Singer Harry, 47, was a much-loved figure and was often seen busking in the city centre and performing in pubs around York.

Fred Robinson knew Harry since he arrived in York and the pair ran a jam night together at the Inn On The Green in Acomb.

He said: “Harry was a great character and I will miss him like mad.

“He was a good bloke. He would do anything for anybody and he loved the city of York.”

Harry’s girlfriend Sally Cook described him as a loving man and “a bundle of fun”.

A lover of old-fashioned crooners, Harry styled himself on Frank Sinatra and enjoyed the attention his flawless appearance would attract.

Mr Robinson added: “He was a great character, and very professional about his music.”

Harry, who would have been 48 on Christmas Day, spent part of his life as a holiday camp manager and was also an entertainer in a Kirk Hammerton care home, and in hotels and venues around the country.


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