Echoes

South Wales Echo - - YESTERDAY -

BE HON­EST, there could only be one per­son for the job and yes it is Ken Dodd!

Back in Jan­uary 1972, while ap­pear­ing at the Capi­tol, he was made a mem­ber and chief tick­ler of the Cardiff Lan­guage So­ci­ety.

Then again Ken has been a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Wales. As we can see from the pho­to­graphs here.

In July 1974 he ar­rived in Cardiff for his ap­pear­ance at But­lin’s hol­i­day camp, Barry.

He paid a visit to Cardiff Cas­tle with his “tick­ling stick” and met 13-year-old Yvonne James.

He was back in Cardiff to launch his Merry Christ­mas Laugh­ter Show, at St David’s Hall, in Septem­ber 1991.

We must not for­get his ap­pear­ance in Doc­tor Who in 1987, when he was The Toll­mas­ter in the episode Delta and the Ban­ner­men.

It was filmed on lo­ca­tion at But­lins Hol­i­day Camp at Barry Is­land, which sub­si­tuted for the cheer­ful Shangri-La hol­i­day camp. The Pro­fes­sor of Tit­terol­ogy and Gig­glol­ogy at Knotty Ash Univer­sity, Mr Dodd was also a guest and speaker at the UWIST In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Hu­mour held in Cardiff. The four-day con­fer­ence, or­gan­ised by the Depart­ment of Ap­plied Psy­chol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Wales In­sti­tute of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy looked at all as­pects of hu­mour. Dr Antony Chap­man, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the con­fer­ence said that Ken’s con­tri­bu­tion would be of im­mense value to the other par­tic­i­pants. “We need the view of a pro­fes­sional be­cause none of the oth­ers earn a liv­ing mak­ing peo­ple laugh,” he said. “We are hop­ing for a fairly se­ri­ous anal­y­sis from a pro­fes­sional co­me­dian.”

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