Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Passings: Ken Dodd (1927 - 2018)

Passings: Ken Dodd (1927 - 2018)

Russ Abbot said in a statement to the Press Association that "sadly another legend has passed away".

"I met Ken personally and he was just a wonderful man", Rosemary recalled.

'He asked Anne if she wanted to marry.

"And he spans generations".

"He brought joy and delight to millions, and although so many of us are in grief and sorrow here, I'm sure that there will now be a fresh gale of laughter in heaven", he said.

"He told me: 'If he's got amusing bones, send him to me - I'll tell him everything he needs to know'. He's never been seen as uncool or out of fashion". "They want to laugh and so do I - which is probably why it works". Behind every successful man is a strong woman.

David Walliams said that "comedy flowed through him like water".

"I also have other, very precious memories which I wouldn't share with anyone".

Liverpool-born amusing man Sir Ken Dodd died yesterday at his home in Knotty Ash, where he had lived for all of his 90 years.

"There were so many strings to his bow".

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"I remember a story my sister-in-law told me about Ken". I have a lot to thank You for. "It was a tea bag!" When I was a baby, he said, 'Is this a joke?'

Glowing tributes have been paid to comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd following his death - with the boss of The Sands Centre in Carlisle calling him an "undoubted superstar".

"One of the greatest. How tickled I am to have known him", he said.

Poet and comedian Pam Ayres tweeted: "Thank you, Ken Dodd". Sir Ken was renowned for his shows, which would see the comedian perform for hours regardless of his age.

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 was famous for his rapid-fire one-liners, surreal imaginative flights of fancy, use of fanciful words like "tattyfilarious" and marathon stand-up shows. A fine entertainer and true son of lovely Liverpool, never to be forgotten.

The funnyman had secretly married his long-term partner, Anne Jones of 40 years just two at the home in Liverpool' where he spent his entire life.

"He lived to ideal his art and entertain his live and adoring audiences", she said.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, will officially open the book at 11.30am. "He will be sadly missed".

The flags at the Town Hall, St George's Hall, Cunard Building and Central Library will fly at half-mast as a mark of respect.

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