Co­me­dian was nat­u­rally funny

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – There are said to be only three nat­u­rally funny groups of peo­ple in Bri­tain: the Liver­pudlians, the Glaswe­gians and Lon­don’s Cock­neys.

One of the best known of the first group, Ken Dodd, ar­guably the last great mu­sic hall en­ter­tainer, fol­lowed the re­verse path from his younger Glas­gow equiv­a­lent Billy Con­nolly, go­ing from stand-up com­edy into singing.

He had a re­mark­ably fine light bari­tone voice and his song Tears topped the UK charts for five weeks in 1965 and re­mains one of the UK’S all-time big­gest-sell­ing sin­gles.

His tax eva­sion case was hi­lar­i­ous and as it was held in Liver­pool, there wasn’t the re­motest chance of him be­ing con­victed.

I was pleased to see that the Es­tab­lish­ment fi­nally for­gave him, award­ing him a knight­hood in the 2017 New Years Hon­ours.

It was also de­light­ful that he mar­ried his part­ner of 40 years two days be­fore he died thus avoid­ing our bru­tal in­her­i­tance/death taxes.

RIP, Ken Dodd.

Rev Dr John Cameron. 10 Howard Place, St An­drews.

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