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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 February 2007, 12:25 GMT
Doddy's goodbye to landmark stage
Floral Pavilion
The Pavilion is central to New Brighton's seafront
Comedian Ken Dodd is to bring the curtain down on a landmark theatre before it is completely overhauled.

The Floral Pavilion at New Brighton in Wirral, a feature of the resort's waterfront for nearly 100 years, closes down on 1 April.

It will reopen 18 months later after a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Liverpool-born Dodd will be the final performer with his Happiness show in a month-long programme for the old theatre's "send off".

The refurbishment includes the theatre, conference and event facilities, as well as new bars and a cafe.

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