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Ken Dodd Specifically Requests Funeral-Goers To Donate To Merseyside's Homeless

Ken Dodd Specifically Requests Funeral-Goers To Donate To Merseyside's Homeless

Applause rang out as Sir Ken Dodd's funeral cortege arrived at the Anglican Cathedral for the start of the service.

Fans lined the six-mile route from the comedian's home in Knotty Ash to the city's Anglican cathedral, where his funeral took place.

Essentially feather-dusters turned comedy props, and as much a part of his act as the Diddymen, there were a couple on Liverpool town hall and others on the statue of the Beatles, the Mersey ferry and other city landmarks.

"What a flawless venue for our city's hero - perhaps our city's greatest hero", Tarbuck said.

Jimmy Tarbuck (pictured above), who spoke before reading a passage based on Psalm 139, said: 'What a flawless venue for our city's hero, perhaps our city's greatest hero and I'm pleased for Ken there's yet another full house'.

Speaking to the BBC's North West Tonight, she said the support she had received from Sir Ken's fans had been "unbelievable".

He said: "He sang Happiness because he gave happiness".

"Ken always said his gift, his talents, were from God and comedians like Ken, they only come once in a lifetime", said comedian Jimmy Cricket.

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In a tribute, actress Stephanie Cole said two geniuses had been lost this month - Stephen Hawking and "dear Doddy".

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, says: "There will never be another comedian like Ken, his passing marks the end of an era in British entertainment and I'm sure he'll be tickled that the city will be putting on such a show in his honour".

She said: "Both introduced us to universes we could not have imagined, both had very original notions of time".

Hundreds more gathered outside to watch the service broadcast on a large screen.

A recording of the comedian singing Absent Friends was played.

Prayers were led by Rev Julia Jesson, vicar of St John's in Knotty Ash, where Sir Ken was a member of the congregation, and the commendation was given by Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev Paul Bayes.

A private interment was due to follow the ceremony.