Jim Aiken

After a career in live music spanning four decades, Northern Ireland entertainment promoter Jim Aiken died on February 27th 2007, following a short illness. 
Jim grew up in Jonesboro, County Armagh, and started work as a teacher of physics and maths at Harding Street School in Belfast. When younger, Jim represented his county at senior level in Gaelic football and had a lifelong interest in horse racing and rugby.

He left teaching in 1965 when his work promoting bands began to take off, travelling the world to pursuade bands to play in Northern Ireland. Those that heeded the call included Elton John, Cliff Richard, Luciano Pavarotti and Garth Brooks. Jim is well known for the series of concerts at the Stormont Castle which included The Eagles and Rod Stewart.

The Aiken family said he died peacefully at home, and added in a brief statement, that they would like to extend their thanks to all those who had lent their support and sent kind wishes.

Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Anne, son Peter and daughters Claire, Susan, Cathy and Joan and 11 grandchildren.
(Words: Martin Hopewell)