Sheffield performer dies aged 84

Brian Scanlan, stage name Brian Carroll, worked the Sheffield club scene as an entertainer for the majority of his working career
Brian Scanlan, stage name Brian Carroll, worked the Sheffield club scene as an entertainer for the majority of his working career

A ‘born entertainer’ who spent the majority of his career working in Sheffield’s club scene has died at the age of 84.

Brian Scanlan, who worked under the stage name Brian Carroll, began performing in clubs across Sheffield and beyond at the age of 25.

Brian Scanlan, stage name Brian Carroll, worked the Sheffield club scene as an entertainer for the majority of his working career

Brian Scanlan, stage name Brian Carroll, worked the Sheffield club scene as an entertainer for the majority of his working career

Born in the Abbeydale area of the city, Brian completed national service in England and Hong Kong, and worked for a lorry firm, before being beckoned to the stage by the bright lights of showbiz.

The dad-of-four started out as a crooner singer before going on to join popular mime acts ‘4 Mimes’ and ‘The Discoes’.

Taking another change of direction, Brian later switched to working as a comedian - a move that took him to sunny climes.

In his more mature entertaining years Brian jetted off to Benidorm, which became his home for 16 years.

Brian Scanlan, stage name Brian Carroll, right, worked the Sheffield club scene as an entertainer for the majority of his working career

Brian Scanlan, stage name Brian Carroll, right, worked the Sheffield club scene as an entertainer for the majority of his working career

After performing his comedy acts in the Spanish resort he lovingly referred to as ‘paradise’, Brain returned to Sheffield at the age of 76 when he retired.

His daughter Susan Scholey said: “Dad was a born entertainer – a sociable character who loved to tell a story and a joke.”

Brian Scanlan, stage name Brian Carroll, right, worked the Sheffield club scene as an entertainer for the majority of his working career

Brian Scanlan, stage name Brian Carroll, right, worked the Sheffield club scene as an entertainer for the majority of his working career