A ROCK 'n' roll singer who was well known on Bradford's music scene in the 1960s has died, aged 92.

Harry Foster was a member of one of Bradford's best known groups of the Sixties, The Tomboys With Helen.

Born in Leeds Road, Bradford, he attended St Peter's RC School. Leaving school, aged 14, he worked at Ripley's Mill, Laisterdyke, as a bobbin fetcher. In 1942, aged 17, he joined the Northampton Regiment and served in India and Burma in the Second World War.

"He had a fine singing voice and became very popular, performing at venues throughout Yorkshire," said Derek AJ Lister who, as Dal Stevens, was a DJ at the Gaumont and Majestic in Bradford. "He was snapped up by The Tomboys, and was the oldest member of the group.

"Harry's talent was exceptional, as a soloist and on backing vocals. Although he didn't play an instrument, he was a good frontman.

"When the group folded in 1964 Harry went on with the second chapter of his life in entertainment, as a comedian. He didn't tell stories, just one-liners reminiscent of Bob Monkhouse. His jokes and his wonderful voice brought him many accolades and for the next 50 years he was one of the best comedians in the North of England and Scotland. In seasons at Butlins and Blackpool, he appeared with many stars including Josef Locke, David Whitfield, Helen Shapiro and Eddie Calvert.

Adds Derek: "A good footballer in his younger days, Harry was president of Tyersal Football Club and a life member of both Bradford and District FA and West Riding County.

"I knew and remembered Harry from those years with The Tomboys and met up with him again for his worthy inclusion in my book, When Bradford Rocked.

"Harry Foster - a lovely man who had a truly remarkable life and career. RIP."