He retired to Scotland and in Jan. 2012 was diagnosed with lung cancer and in April 2012 had a pulmonary lobectomy. James was one of the lucky 9% to survive and as a thank you to Macmillan Cancer support and research generally, he celebrated his 80th birthday by climbing Schiehallion (3,600 ft) in Scotland. He had been attending exercise programmes at Dundee University's Institute of Sports and Exercise in preparation and because he had made such a good recovery made headlines in the local press and appeared in a video and on Scottish Television News. Says that never happened when he was a singer!
We thought those of you who remember James would like to hear of his success.
John and Margaret Hobbs.