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Mural in honour of Liverpool funnyman Sir Ken Dodd

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A mural tribute has been unveiled at Liverpool's Royal Court in honour of late funnyman Sir Ken Dodd.

The mural was commissioned by The Comedy Trust and was created by the artist Paul Curtis, best known for the Liverbird wings mural in Jamaica Street.

One of the two square-metre paintings shows the comedian holding his famous tickling stick on a pier, to reflect his love of performing at seaside resorts, and the other features lyrics to Happiness and two Diddy Men.

Sir Ken Dodd died in March 2018 Credit: pa

In 1974 he broke the World Record for non-stop joke telling at the Royal Court, which is where the murals can be found.

He told 1,500 jokes told in one three-and-a-half-hour session.

Here are some of his best one liners:

  • I haven't spoken to my mother-in-law for 18 months. I don't like to interrupt her.
  • Did you hear about the shrimp that went to the prawn's cocktail party? He pulled a mussel.
  • I do all the exercises every morning in front of the television - up, down, up, down, up, down. Then the other eyelid.
  • Doctor, 'How old are you?' Me, 'I'm approaching 50.' Doctor, 'From which direction?

Sir Ken's wife unveiled the artwork, commissioned by The Comedy Trust, as the Royal Court Community Choir sang the comedian's hit song Happiness.

Lady Anne, who wed Sir Ken two days before his death, said she hoped it would bring smiles and laughter to people as they passed.

She said: "They are just amazing, absolutely amazing. I'm humbled. I'm thrilled to bits.

"I woke up sad this morning because it's a sad day in one way but it just shows he brought happiness."

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