Val DoonicanHE had a little bolthole in Mijas where he spent many happy holidays with his family.

But sadly Val Doonican, 88, passed away last night at home in Buckinghamshire.

A pillar of Saturday  night television, the showbiz legend reeled in the viewers with his BBC programme The Val Doonican Show from 1965 to 1986.

The Irish-born broadcaster visited Mijas every summer for 25 years with his wife, Lynn,  and described the picturesque town as a ‘Mediterranean heaven on earth’.

The couple bought a small apartment having fallen in love with the picture perfect tourist town after visiting friends there.

“It’s funny, I never wanted to nail myself down to going to the same place year-in, year-out, but I’m so pleased that my wife decided all those years ago that we ought to have a little place in Mijas of our own,” wrote Doonican in a travel article for the Telegraph.

He is survived by his wife and their two daughters.

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