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Statue of veteran comic unveiled

11 June 09 12:54 GMT

A bronze statue of legendary Merseyside comedian Ken Dodd has been unveiled at Liverpool's Lime Street Station.

The statue, called Chance Meeting, is in the station's main concourse and shows the entertainer greeting the late Merseyside Labour MP Bessie Braddock.

The artwork by local sculptor Tom Murphy was commissioned by Merseytravel as part of its public art programme.

Mrs Braddock, who died in 1970, was MP for the old Liverpool Exchange seat for 25 years and a socialist campaigner.

Merseytravel said the statue was created to bring together two Liverpool icons from the worlds of entertainment and politics.

The 80-year-old comedian unveiled the life-size statue of himself on Thursday morning in a ceremony also attended by Mrs Braddock's family.

"One of the nicest things is it gives the pigeons a bit of focus, and the seagulls," he told BBC News.

"In a few years time, in fact very shortly, I'll have white hair."

Ken Dodd has worked as a professional comedian for 55 years and is famous for performing with his feather duster, or "tickling stick".

There have been repeated calls for the performer to receive a knighthood.

He was appointed an OBE by the Queen in 1982.

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