Ken Dodd’s Last Encore
There were tickling sticks a plenty as thousands of fans turned out to pay their last respects to Britain’s greatest stand up comedian.
Members of the public lined the six-mile route of his funeral cortege, which travelled from his Knotty Ash home to Liverpool Cathedral. The Cathedral was full with hundreds more fans outside watching proceedings on a big screen outside.
Tributes were paid by friends and fellow artistes including a moving tribute from fellow comedian Jimmy Tarbuck.
Describing Sir Ken as “our city’s hero, perhaps our city’s greatest hero”.
He said: “I’m pleased for Ken that there’s yet another full house”
“Was he a good comic? No – he was better than that. He was the greatest stage comedian I’ve ever seen in my life,” Tarbuck said.
“Live on the stage, he set a standard which no-one has remotely approached since.”
In true Ken Dodd style the funeral over ran by about 30 minutes.
And It’s Farewell Lynn Bowles
Morecambe had Wise, Cannon has Ball, Ken Bruce had Lynn Bowles.
Popular BBC travel presenter Lynn Bowles will give her las travel bulletin on BBC Radio 2 today.
Alongside Chris Evans and Sir Terry Wogan she has been part of the Radio 2 Breakfast show presenting travel bulletins. However it will be the witty banter between her and Ken Bruce that has amused listeners for over 15 years, that we are going to miss. From us all here good luck.