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    It's about time Ken Dodd became SIR Ken Dodd, he is a great ambassador for Liverpool and has stayed loyal to the city even in her darkest times!

    FANS of legendary Liverpool comedian Ken Dodd have launched a campaign calling for him to be knighted.

    They want to see the Knotty Ash funnyman, who turned 80 on Thursday, dubbed Sir Ken.

    The online petition already boasts 400 hundred signatures including a host of Liverpool celebrities.

    Ricky Tomlinson, Jimmy Cricket, Charlie Landsborough, Roy Hood, Bobby Ball, Johnny Vegas and Liverpool council leader Warren Bradley are among the supporters.

    When there are enough signatures the petition will be sent to the government department where the New Years Honours List is compiled.

    Today campaign organiser Bob Pitt said a knighthood for the so-called Squire of Knotty Ash was long overdue.

    The 53-year-old told the ECHO: ďIíve been a fan of Ken Dodd all my life. Fifty five years in showbiz is an amazing achievement.

    ďYou never know what youíre getting with Doddy Ė I went to a show of his that started at 7.30pm which didnít end until 1.30am the next morning.

    ďHe does a phenomenal amount of charity work which people donít get to hear about.

    ďTo be in the business so long itís no wonder that heís known as The Guvínor by all the comedians across the country.Ē

    The Doddy campaign website features a typical picture of Ken wearing a golden crown accompanied by a eulogy detailing his countless showbiz achievements.

    Doddy is showing no signs of slowing down and he estimates that he carried out 150 theatre shows and another 100 private gigs and public appearances last year.


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    The comedian was born in 1927 and got a taste of fame by presenting Punch and Judy shows at school.

    He got his big break at the Nottingham Empire in 1954 and started making regular TV appearances five years later.

    To support the petition go to www.knighthoodforknottyash.com

    luketraynor@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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    In principle, I am against Knighthoods and other awards. But it shows how they have ignored a man, who for 50 years has packed out theatres, and still does, had countless TV shows and a few No. 1 hits too. He has always been working and always been there. If Doddy came from London he would have had one 25 years ago.

    They gave gongs to B movie and obscure TV actresses like Judy Dench and Helen Mirren, which shows how silly the whole thing is. Has Cilla Black been offered one? Been around for over 40 years and in a music movement that captured the world. No.

    The heads of Civil Service departments get a knighthood as a matter of course. They could be useless and not make it in the private sector, but are called Sir this and Lord that, etc. John Lennon was right in sending back his MBE.
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    Hi Waterways and Libertarian

    I am for Doddy to be honoured. He deserves it.

    But Waterways, are you serious in this comment:

    "They gave gongs to B movie and obscure TV actresses like Judy Dench and Helen Mirren, which shows how silly the whole thing is."

    Dench and Mirren are two of the best actresses modern Britain has produced!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Hi Waterways and Libertarian

    I am for Doddy to be honoured. He deserves it.

    But Waterways, are you serious in this comment:

    "They gave gongs to B movie and obscure TV actresses like Judy Dench and Helen Mirren, which shows how silly the whole thing is."

    Dench and Mirren are two of the best actresses modern Britain has produced!!!!

    Chris
    Dench got one and few people had heard of her. She had only done TV and bit parts in films. It was like they were trawling actresses and she was the only one they could get who had no baggage.

    Mirren? She has only been around a short while doing some good stuff.
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    Have to agree with that.

    sorry Chris


    Judy Dench - well she's ok, but I do think that they scrape around looking for people to put up on a pedestal.

    I remember Judy Dench being in some sit-coms ... next thing she's revered as
    some superstar

    Helen Mirren - yes, she's played a few good parts.

    but I don't think they are the icons they'd have us believe.

    I agree with Waterways here. I think they root around to find someone when they've run out of ideas.



    Ken Dodd definately desreves an honour though.

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    Hi Waterways and Lindy

    At the risk of hijacking the thread for Ken Dodd, I think you are being entirely too submissive of Judi Dench. Yes she was in a sitcom, but she's also played many fine roles in films and in Shakespearean and modern plays. If you look at Judi Dench's career in terms of the number of times she has been nominated for awards and won awards, it would be hard to say they were scraping the barrel to look for someone to honor.

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