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March 13, 2018

Many fans and fellow celebrities paid tribute to the funnyman.

Sir Ken Dodd was a regular and favourite fixture on the Congress Theatre summer season, playing to sell out houses at the 1,600 seat venue and keeping the audiences laughing into the small hours with shows which often went into five hours or more.

'They got the registrar and were married in the house on Friday.

Even at 88 when he performed at the Congress for the last time the show started at 7pm and ended well past midnight with only one interval! But perhaps the most notable was his induction into the Grand Order of Water Rats, the exclusive British entertainment industry fraternity and charitable organisation.

Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis was one of the first to pay his respects, tweeting: "So sorry to hear we have lost Ken Dodd".

The TV personality said Sir Ken recently offered to give advice and help to her three-year-old son.

"In this world of celebrities clamouring for attention Ken Dodd had this presence that he was an undoubted superstar".

"I've had the supreme joy and privilege of working and living with him as a partner for the past 40 years".

I've got to make people feel good, I want to make them happy.

"He lived to flawless his art and entertain his live and adoring audiences".

"Thanks for all the laughs Ken, you made me, and a lot of people laugh for many years".

With Sir Ken Dodd's passing, a generation and more mourned the loss of a comedy legend.

"To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats", his publicist Robert Holmes told the Press Association. There is no one else that comes close.

His 1965 song "Tears" was the third-best-selling single of the decade in Britain, surpassed only by The Beatles' "She Loves You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand". It takes it out of you - believe me you know when you've done a show, it takes a day or two to recover. They had been together for 40 years.

"It's a wonderful love story".

"Thank you for all the laughs Sir Ken and tatty bye from your friends at Eastbourne Theatres".

And referring to his distinctive appearance, the wild hair and unruly teeth, he added: "A face made for comedy". When I was a baby, he said, 'Is this a joke?' Just laughed and laughed and tried not to drown in my soup.

Other tributes came from actor John Challis, who played Boycie in comedy television series Only Fools And Horses, and Hollyoaks actor Annie Wallace, who described him as a "true son of lovely Liverpool".

Just a few months ago Liz received a handwritten letter from Sir Ken who had heard of her own health challenges, another testament to their friendship.

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