Published: Wed, March 14, 2018

We say goodbye to a Liverpool comedy icon, Sir Ken Dodd

We say goodbye to a Liverpool comedy icon, Sir Ken Dodd

It's absolutely awesome. With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety.

Born the son of a coal merchant in 1927, Dodd began his career as a comedian in 1954.

The much-loved star, famous for his epic stand-up shows, his tickling sticks and Diddy Men, died on Sunday in the home he was born in, in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash.

Her sentiments were reflected by 58-year-old Keith Wormald of Kirkby, who said: "He was a Liverpool legend - it's a shame, it really is".

"To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats", said his publicist Robert Holmes. Beloved by many people in Britain and a great champion of his home city and comedy.

"He said if your son wants to get into showbusiness, I'll spend the day talking to him" Claire said, 'he loves the business, he loves inspiring me'. Today it's tears of sadness as well.

Speaking after Sir Ken's death was confirmed on Monday, Mr Merrilees, now retired, recalled how "he was a gentleman and a pleasure to work with". He was acquitted after a five-week trial at which his lawyer, George Carman, told jurors: "Some accountants are comedians, but comedians are never accountants".

She said she had "lost a most wonderful husband".

The television personality shared some photos of the comedian's 90th birthday party on Twitter, saying: "RIP Sir Ken Dodd".

The table of guests next to them overheard and had been at the Ken Dodd Happiness show themselves the night before and informed the complainers that the show didn't end at 11pm and that in fact was the interval as the performance then carried on until 1.30am.

Dodd, who died at the age of 90 on Sunday, continued to perform right through to his later years, bringing the energy and stamina of a man half his age to his manic routines in theatres up and down the land.

Dara O Briain said he was "so happy" he had had the chance to meet Sir Ken.

Many fans and fellow celebrities paid tribute to the funnyman.

As well as being knighted in 2017, Dodd was awarded a string of other honours over the years, including an OBE and an honorary fellowship from the University of Chester. "Entertainer" by Wiltshire artist David Cobley.

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