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BBC Radio Merseyside to broadcast Ken Dodd’s funeral

Ken Dodd

BBC Radio Merseyside will broadcast Sir Ken Dodd’s funeral live from Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral at 1pm on Wednesday. 

The comedy legend died peacefully at his Knotty Ash home earlier this month at the age of 90. His family have asked fans to line the streets of Liverpool for the funeral procession, which will start at 11:00 GMT with a horse-drawn hearse in tribute to Dodd’s father, who worked as a coal merchant.

A large screen will be erected outside Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and BBC Radio Merseyside will broadcast the funeral live from 1pm. There will be a private internment afterwards.

Flags at Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Cunard Building and Central Library will be lowered as a mark of respect.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, said: “Ken was the ultimate showman, a truly unique performer and a wonderful ambassador for Liverpool.

“Although Wednesday will be a sombre occasion, it is an opportunity for us all to pay tribute to an unforgettable man and I can think of nothing more fitting than huge crowds lining the streets for his final act.”

The Cathedral, where Sir Ken had worshipped regularly, said it was “honoured” to help Liverpool say goodbye to “our much-loved friend”.

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