The King of Knotty Ash has gathered up his tickling stick and shuffled off to Diddyland to join Dicky Mint. We've lost one of the last of the greats.
Doddy passed away at home (alas not on stage) aged 90, having married his long term partner last Friday.
The Sons who were present at the unveiling of the Laurel and Hardy statue in Ulverston will always remember his heartfelt words of admiration about Laurel and Hardy.
Ken Dodd was truly a comedy giant. He will be forever remembered with great fondness by many, many people.
I'll never forget the conversation I had with him outside the Ladies Toilet in Berlin airport.
We had all just disembarked from a Liverpool flight. His partner Ann and my wife Angie needed to use the facilities so I jumped at the chance to ask him about unveiling the statue. This would have been early December 2008, and I mentioned the ceremony which was proposed for Saturday 18th April. After a brief ponder he replied he couldn't manage the 18th as he had a Charity event in North Wales, but if I could get him a show on the Coronation Hall on the Sunday evening, he'd do it for free in the afternoon.
Absolutely amazing, he knew what he was doing all those months ahead and he instantly recalled the name of the theatre in Ulverston.
What a wonderful man he was. He did a superb job at the unveiling. Very happy memories for all who attended. He'll be greatly missed.
R.I.P. Sir Ken Dodd,
Above are two photos I took in Ulverston on 19th April 2009. Ken Dodd clearly enjoyed unveling the Laurel and Hardy statue and entertaining us at the Coronation Hall that evening. We have indeed lost a dear national treasure.