Sir Ken Dodd has spoken from his hospital bed of his gratitude for the care he has been receiving for a severe chest infection.
The much-loved entertainer, who celebrated his 90th birthday in November, has been in the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital for the last fortnight.
Doddy invited the Liverpool Echo and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Malcolm Kennedy to spend time at his bedside.
He told the Lord Mayor he wanted to put on a big show for his charities in April or May – and stressed: “I WILL be there! I SHALL return!”
Ken was at his most emotional and tearful as he thanked those who have sent him cards including the children of Knotty Ash Primary School who made him a giant "Get Well" card.
Regarding his recovery, he said: “I feel, with the care I am getting, I am making definite progress.”
But asked when he may be able to return to his beloved home, just down the road in Knotty Ash, and, of course, to his beloved stage, he added: “It’s going to be a while yet. There’s a lot of work to be done.”