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

Posted March 13, 2018

Poet and comedian Pam Ayres tweeted: "Thank you, Ken Dodd".

British comedian Ken Dodd, whose seven-decade career stretched from the music-hall era to the age of social media, has died.

It was in Liverpool where she became a hugely successful fundraiser with the help of the comedian, who died aged 90 yesterday (Sunday).

As a dustbin lorry tooted its horn in tribute outside the house, Kim Little laid a bouquet and said: "They should have named the airport after him, he did a lot for the city and he stayed here with us". Lord Mayor Malcolm Kennedy said: "Liverpool has lost one of its greatest sons".

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.

Ernie Merrilees was general manager of Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre when the veteran performer last played in town around 20 years ago.

Gavin adds: "Personally I found him to be an absolute gentleman and he will be truly missed".

"We first met when I was in the Ken Dodd Christmas Show in 1961 at the Manchester Opera House", she said.

'He died two days later on Mother's Day.

"With Ken gone, the lights have been turned out in the world of variety. He was a comedy legend and genius", he said.

The sad news of Dodd's death comes after he spent six weeks in hospital earlier this year, being treated for a chest infection.

He Wednesday Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, on Friday and an announcement was due to go out later this week about the marriage.

'To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats, ' he said. A privilege, and a loss. RIP.

Over the 1960s, he entered the Guinness Book of Records for the longest joke-telling session ever - 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours.

Alongside his catalogue of one-liners, Sir Ken gained scores of fans as the creator of The Diddy Men - a miniature race of characters hailing from his home of Knotty Ash, in Liverpool.

"The man who invented cats' eyes got the idea when he saw the eyes of a cat in his headlights".

TV personality Claire Sweeney, a fellow Liverpudlian, shared photos of the star's 90th birthday party on Twitter. They are wonderful people and I can't thank them enough for all they have done for me.

Another said: "Thank you for your incredible sense of humour and the laughs you left us with".