Irish tenor Josef Locke died on 15 October 1999 at the age of 82.

Born Joseph McLaughlin in Derry in 1917, he sang in local churches growing up in the Bogside and as a teenager enlisted in the British army. He later served overseas with the Palestine Police and became known as the Singing Bobby when he joined the RUC.

When he started work on the United Kingdom variety circuit he changed his name from Joseph McLaughlin to Josef Locke. He went on to have hits with 'Hear My Song, Violetta', 'I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen', 'Galway Bay' and 'The Isle of Innisfree'.

This RTÉ News report was broadcast on the day of his death 15 October, 1999.

Josef Locke
Josef Locke performing on the RTÉ Television variety show 'Girls', during studio recording in 1970.