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Comic Dodd to get honorary award

Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd will be honoured for his contribution to Liverpool life

One of Liverpool's most iconic comics is to be awarded an honorary degree for his contribution to cultural life in the city and beyond for over 50 years.

He will receive his Doctorate of Letters (honoris causa) during Hope University's annual Foundation Day Celebrations on 25 January.

The university said the honour was also a fitting tribute to Mr Dodd's "deep faith commitment".

He said he was pleased to be receiving the accolade.

He said: "I am absolutely delighted to be given this award. In fact, my whole career has been a labour of love."

On his Christian faith he added: "I do go to church as often as I can, if only to chat with him in head office.

"I even sang in the Knotty Ash church choir at St John's, well until they realised where the noise was coming from."

'Understanding of humanity'

The Bishop of Liverpool James Jones added: "This award recognises the huge contribution that Ken Dodd has made to the cultural life of the country and in particular to those on Merseyside.

"His charitable work, which flows from his faith, is outstanding. But it is his humour and his understanding of humanity that distinguishes him and merits this recognition."

Ken Dodd has been in showbusiness for more than 50 years and is best known for his buck teeth, frizzy hair, tickling stick and his creation of the Diddymen.

He got his big break appearing at the Nottingham Empire and in 1964 began his singing career.

His number one hit Tears topped the UK charts for five weeks.

A statue depicting him with his feather duster was unveiled in Lime Street Station, Liverpool, in June 2009.



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