Passings: Ken Dodd (1927 - 2018)

Passings: Ken Dodd (1927 - 2018)

Liverpool Council paid tribute to Sir Ken - a Freeman of the City - on its Twitter page.

Sir Ken was famous for his epic stand-up shows, which would frequently last for several hours, and his quickfire humour and great one-liners.

"We knew him very well".

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.

Two weeks following his discharge from the hospital, Sir Ken Dodd secretly married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years.

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

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

And Guinness World Records reacted to the comedian's death, posting an entry from its 1974 book showcasing a "marathon session of joke cracking" from Sir Ken at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool.

And Liverpudlian comedian John Bishop said Sir Ken was a "true comedy legend". "There is no-one else that comes close". They got the registrar and were married in the house on Friday. "It's a love story to beat them all".

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Sir Ken was more successful in terms of music sales than popular acts of the era such as Engelbert Humperdinck, Cilla Black and The Rolling Stones.

Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams wrote of the funnyman: "Comedy flowed through him like water".

Liz asked Sir Ken to take on the role of chairman of Alder Hey Children's Hospital's 75th birthday appeal, to raise £1.75m to build a hydrotherapy pool for badly burned children, provide parent accommodation and help fund the bereavement counselling centre.

The post read: "RIP Sir Ken Dodd, Freeman of Liverpool and comedy genius".

The Great British Bake Off host Sandi Toksvig recalled a time when she dined out with the comedian and "laughed and laughed and tried not to drown in my soup".

If the "number of catchphrases is a mark of a comedian's success", said a BBC profile in 2013, Dodd has "done well, with such trademark sayings as "how tickled I am" and "by jove, missus" and nonsense concoctions including "tattyfilarious" and "discomknockerated".

Just a few months ago Liz received a handwritten letter from Sir Ken who had heard of her own health challenges, another testament to their friendship.

The Diocese of Liverpool said it would be announcing details of Sir Ken's funeral at a later stage.

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