Jimmy Cricket was among those to pay a special tribute to the late Sir Ken Dodd at the legendary comedian’s funeral.
The Northern Irish entertainer joined other stars like actors Ricky Tomlinson, Stephanie Cole and Miriam Margolyes, and fellow comics Jimmy Tarbuck and Stan Boardman at the service at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday.
Sir Ken died at the age of 90 earlier this month.
Jimmy said he was “one of the most original, innovative and gifted comedians we’ll ever see”.
“Comedians like Ken only come once in a lifetime – we thank God today that he came in ours,” he told a packed congregation.
“He had time for everybody. He said we were all walking miracles, every one of us and we all had stories to tell.”
Members of the public lined the route taken by Sir Ken’s funeral cortege from his Knotty Ash home to the cathedral in his home city. Some of them sang his 1964 song Happiness as the horse-drawn hearse passed.
Tickling sticks were also placed around Liverpool in tribute to the famous entertainer who was loved by millions and whose shows would nearly always overrun, sometimes by hours.