THE SHRIMPS have paid tribute to former club President Jim Bowen who died this week aged 80.
The former deputy headmaster, who lived in the area, began his career as a stand-up comedian on the club circuit in the 1960s.
He became a household name when he began presenting Bullseye in 1981. The Sunday tea time show ran for 14 years and was one of the most successful programmes of its time.
He held the honorary post at the club for 10 years before resigning in 2003. He played a major part in promoting both the Shrimps' FA Cup third round ties with Ipswich Town.
Shrimps' Director, Rod Taylor, said: "It was the club who asked Jim to be President and he was always available when we needed him.
"He never courted personal publicity through his role, in fact quite the opposite.
"He maximised publicity for the club at times, particularly with his TV and radio work for both Ipswich FA Cup games.
"Our thoughts are with his wife Phyllis and his family at this sad time.''