By Jove, how tickled I am!
The Squire of Happiness, Baron Doddy of Mirthyside, has finally got the real title he so richly deserves.
Sir Ken Dodd has brought joy and laughter to British audiences for an astonishing 62 years – firing off his unique one-liners at seven titters-per-minute.
He was the biggest variety star in Britain in the 1960s – keeping The Beatles off No1 for five weeks with his million-selling record “Tears”.
And at the age of 89 he still travels thousands of miles a week performing marathon shows that often last five hours.
The Queen is known to be a Doddy fan too – so when she failed to dub him a decade ago baffled supporters launched an online petition.
But the truth is Ken’s gong had been dropped down the Diddy Men’s jam buttie mine in 1989, after his high profile tax fraud trial.
Ken was acquitted of all charges and his fans never deserted him – but it put the kybosh on that knighthood for another three decades.
I interviewed Ken in 2014. Our lunch date was a comedy masterclass – full of gags and fascinating insights into the psychology of humour, in which Ken was a master.
Afterwards he took me back to Lime Street station where the city of Liverpool have erected a statue in his honour.
Ken was mobbed by fans of all ages, wanting selfies or simply to tell him how he tickled their chuckle muscles.
I’m sure they’ll share my delight about the new Knight of Knotty Ash.
It’s simply tattyfilarious.