Recognise The 60 Years' Service of Ken Dodd to Entertainment and to the British Public With A Knighthood
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Ken Dodd, who is about to celebrate 60 years as a professional performer has received all manner of accolades during his long and supremely successful career. However many fans and people from all over Britain cannot understand why there’s no knighthood for the Squire of Knotty Ash.
Ken Dodd, who is believed to now be 87 years old, still packs people into theatres and never offends - unlike many modern comics.
He has reportedly stated “It would be a great honour (to be knighted). I’ve done about 15 Royal shows and have great admiration and respect for Queen Elizabeth. Probably one of the most memorable occasions in my life was when I did the Royal household Christmas party at Windsor Castle in 1967. Her Majesty was sitting in a chair with arms on, about 10ft away from me, and while I was warbling ‘Happiness, Happiness’ her arms were going up and down on the chair, beating time to the song – and that to me is an abiding memory.”
Doddy’s awards include an OBE, the British Comedy Society’s first Living Legend award, the Freedom of the City of Liverpool and topping the Liverpool ECHO newspaper’s first 'Greatest Merseysiders of All Time' poll. He says: “I treasure them all – and to be appreciated by your neighbours is probably the greatest gift of all.”
Interviewed recently by his local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, modest Ken was more than a little reluctant to look back on his life and career, mostly because he didn’t see what the big deal was about having spent 60 years in showbusiness. The main cause for celebration, he reportedly stated, was the fact he is still alive!
Ken Dodd’s age – he won’t disclose. Some record books state Ken was born on November 8, 1927, which would mean he is approaching his 87th birthday. He first performed professionally at the Nottingham Empire Theatre on September 27, 1954.
He’s still at it now, and his work ethic – he performs shows up and down the country all the time – would put many much younger comedians to shame. The word “retirement”, it seems, doesn’t apply: “I am stage-struck. I adore being an entertainer. The secret of happiness is to keep doing what you love, keep active and to feel that you are necessary – to feel that people still want to hear and see you. I’ve never contemplated retirement.
“The thing is I’m not working – I don’t go to work. Showbusiness is a wonderful profession and anyone in it will tell you we are very blessed. So while I can do it and they still want me I’ll be there.
“Travelling is a bore and a chore but it can also be a wonderful and educational experience to travel all over Britain and see some of its great sights. “To me, it’s the most beautiful country in the world. You can’t possibly beat it for exciting places and wonderful people.
“I ended up doing my first show on Christmas Day afternoon at St Edward’s Orphanage in Knotty Ash when I was about 12. “I did my second show at a Knotty Ash School in the village hall." Talent contest success and shows in famous Merseyside theatres followed as Doddy continued taking giant strides towards the start of an incredible adventure as a professional comedian and entertainer – an adventure which shows no sign of ending.
For his amazing service to the entertainment industry, and to the people of Britain, this man deserves to be recognised appropriately - as SIR Ken Dodd !
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