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Dodd first to perform at theatre

Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd first performed at the theatre in 1940

Merseyside legend Ken Dodd became the first person to perform at Wirral's new Floral Pavilion on Saturday.

The comedian from Knotty Ash was also the last act to appear on the historic stage in New Brighton, Wirral, before it closed for refurbishment last year.

The new pavilion, which overlooks the River Mersey, includes an 800-plus seat theatre, conference and event facilities, new bars and a cafe.

Dodd, 81, appeared on stage as part of a gala and VIP evening.

The original pavilion opened in 1913 and Dodd first performed there in 1940.

The new building is part of the first phase of the 70m redevelopment of the resort town.

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