MOURNERS will gather this week to pay tribute to one of the North East’s most colourful characters.
Sunderland-born Mike “The Mouth” Elliott, 68, had a hugely successful career in the entertainment industry as an actor, musician, controversial radio phone-in host, stand-up comedian and television presenter.
He lost his battle with cancer last Tuesday, sparking an outpouring of tributes from across the region.
Sister-in-law Adele Currie said: “The family has been so touched by all the tributes to Mike, he was such a well-loved character.”
Raised in Farringdon, Mike was proud of his Sunderland roots and managed to get the word Mackem into the dictionary as part of a BBC show.
The presenter, who lived his later life in Tynemouth, earned the nickname “Mike The Mouth” when he launched his well-known late night talk show on Century FM.
Adele added: “He was so proud of being a Mackem, he always called Sunderland ‘God’s country’ and getting the word Mackem in the dictionary was one of the things of which he was most proud.”
Echo readers took to our Facebook and website pages to pay their respects.
Among them was makeamock who wrote: “Sad passing, especially at this time of the year. Not everyone agreed with his views but his heart was always in the right place.”
Mike, who was married to Lisa and dad to Michi, 23, died in his sleep in hospital after an 18-month battle with oesophageal cancer.
Among those expected to attend his funeral are representatives from Durham Miners’ and the band Lindisfarne.
Anyone is welcome to attend to say their goodbyes.
The funeral takes place at St Augustin’s Church, Jackson Street, North Shields, at 10.30am on Friday.