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Sir Ken Dodd to be honoured for his 90th birthday

The King of Happiness celebrates being 90 today Photo:

The Squire of Knotty Ash is to be honoured with a special civic lunch at Liverpool Town Hall on his 90th birthday.

Today, Sir Ken Dodd – a Freeman of the City - will be treated to a rendition of his famous hit Happiness by pupils from Knotty Ash Primary School, and children from Trinity Primary School will entertain him with their favourite jokes. A special Doddy-themed afternoon tea will be served - including sandwiches fresh from the Jam Butty Mines and Diddy Pies!

Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said:

To borrow a line from Sir Ken, how tickled we are to be honouring him on the very special occasion of his 90th birthday

He has been entertaining the nation for an incredible 65 years, and while other people of his vintage are now putting their feet up, he is still performing across the country with an energy and enthusiasm that is truly age defying.

He is the King of Comedy and the Master of Mirth - a one-off national treasure, the likes of which we have never seen before, and never will again.

It is right and proper that we thank him for a lifetime of making people laugh.

– Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy

Sir Ken is proud to be honoured with a civic lunch on his 90th birthday in his home city.

He said:

I have travelled all over the world, but I have yet to visit any place to compare with Merseyside.

It has such a rich diversity of creative talents in music, the arts and especially humour. The people are blessed with kindness, generosity and tremendous energy and drive.

– Sir Ken Dodd