Comedian was naturally funny
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.