A Knight­hood For Ken Dodd

This England - - Nelson's Column -

Con­grat­u­la­tions Sir Ken, the hon­our is richly de­served. And many thanks to all those This Eng­land read­ers who sup­ported our cam­paign: your many nom­i­na­tions clearly in­flu­enced the de­ci­sion to give Ken a knight­hood.

At last, at the age of 89, and fol­low­ing a cam­paign by This

Eng­land (see the Sum­mer 2015 is­sue), com­edy ge­nius and su­perb all-round en­ter­tainer Ken Dodd was awarded a knight­hood in the New Year Hon­ours List. In true Doddy style, Ken, the “King of Knotty Ash” who has been ex­er­cis­ing the na­tion’s chuckle mus­cles for more than 60 years and con­tin­ues to per­form to packed houses, said he was “tick­led and full of plum­tious­ness” at the hon­our (for ser­vices to en­ter­tain­ment and char­ity). As well as be­ing one of the great­est stand-up co­me­di­ans our coun­try has ever pro­duced, Ken has also en­joyed a suc­cess­ful record­ing ca­reer and his 1965 hit “Tears” re­mains one of the best-sell­ing records of all time.

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