A MEETING WITH KEN
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