Sir Ken Dodd was laid to rest today in his home town of Liverpool, after the iconic comedian passed away earlier this month.
The comedian died at his home in Liverpool at the age of 90, as fans, friends, and locals lined the streets to pay tribute to the star that had appeared on stage and TV for over 50 years.
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People packed the streets and the approach to the Anglican Cathedral in the centre of Liverpool, as Sir Ken’s funeral took place.
There were some heartfelt touches, such as tickle sticks that lined the path towards Liverpool’s Anglican Catherdral – a prop he was synonymous with throughout his career.
Sir Ken’s widow, Lady Anne, led the tributes to the man she married just days before his death. While the couple finally tied the knot after being together for 24 years, it’s believed the marriage was also one last joke from the comedian so the taxman couldn’t take a chunk of the money he passed to her in Inheritance Tax.
Sir Ken was embroiled in a court case in the 1980s when he was accused of tax evasion, before being found not guilty. The star had stashed £300,000 in a case under his bed, and famously answered ‘The notes are very light, M’Lord,’ when a judge asked what it felt like hiding all that money.
He made sure that wife Anne was able to inherit all of his £7.2 million fortune – including properties like his Liverpool home – that would have normally been subject to Inheritance Tax.
And today, Sir Ken’s coffin arrived at the famous cathedral earlier this morning to a huge crowd.
(Below) The comedian’s order of service outside the Anglican Cathedral, where stars turned up to say their goodbyes.
Actor Ricky Tomlinson, 78, was one of the homegrown actors to attend the funeral, saying, ‘He filled the world with laughter and happiness and joy.’
‘He wouldn’t want us to be sad today; he’d want us to celebrate what a wonderful 90 years he had.’
Fans also got creative with an array of banners and posters thanking the comedian for his services to show biz and the comedy circuit.
‘Bye Ken, you tickled the nation, bon voyage,’ one sign read.
Even the iconic Beatles statues outside the famed Royal Liver Building were decorated to pay homage to the Liverpudlian star who was a known friend to the fab four.