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Thank you for your won­der­ful mag­a­zine. The sum­mer edi­tion, as usual, was a mis­cel­lany of things to cater for every taste. It was nice to read the read­ers’ com­ments about Sir Ken Dodd. So sadly missed.

I only ever saw him once live, and that was at the Cir­cus Tav­ern in Es­sex in 1974, where you ate your meal be­fore or dur­ing the star’s per­for­mance. I was there with my wife, her par­ents, and my mother ( sadly, we had al­ready lost my fa­ther).

We chat­ted a lot to our wait­ress, and she asked if we would like to meet Ken. Af­ter his long per­for­mance she took us to his car­a­van/ dress­ing- room. Ken was so wel­com­ing and chat­ted to us for ages. Un­for­tu­nately, I couldn’t chat back, as for the first and only time in my life, I had com­pletely and to­tally lost my voice through laugh­ing at Ken’s non- stop jokes.

Ken found this rather amus­ing and said I could al­ways stand in for his “Diddy” dummy when he did his act! I’m sure he knew how much I had en­joyed his act, but it was very frus­trat­ing for me not to be able ac­tu­ally to tell him. Ken gave us all signed pho­tos, but most of all he gave us his time. It was a spe­cial oc­ca­sion and one I shall never for­get. COLIN WY­ATT, CANVEY


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