Get out your tickling sticks and stock up on jam butties ... Doddy Day is coming.

Peter Grant, a close friend of the King of Comedy, looks forward to a discomknockerating celebration.

THE first Annual Doddy Day will bring much needed happiness during the current Covid Pandemic.

What would Ken be doing if he were still around?

There is no doubt he would have found a way of making people of all ages laugh.

He believed that individual and collective well-being could be improved through happiness and laughter.

His beloved 'Mirthyside' will celebrate Sir Ken on what would have been his 93rd birthday.

To mark his unique and timeless feel good legacy, a special day on Saturday, November 7, will offer a tattyfilarious festival of fun to bring smiles back to our faces.

It will see diverse organisations come together to keep the memory of the great comedian alive and tickling.

The Comedy Trust led by Sam Avery has teamed up with National Museums Liverpool, The Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation, BBC Radio Merseyside, Knotty Ash Productions and a theatre close to his heart that he once helped save - Liverpool's Royal Court.

The centrepiece of the party atmosphere will be The Happiness Show which will take place in the afternoon on the 7th.

Les Dennis is the first star to sign up to appear with more much-loved names being added to the line-up. Tickets will be priced at £10 will all profits being re-invested in future Doddy Day events.

Family-friendly fun is the key message and the organisers want people to exercise their chuckle muscles by taking part in an on-line joke competition which is open to all ages across the country and the world.

Details can be found on the Doddy Day website.

The winning joke will be judged by Ricky Tomlinson who will read it out during The Happiness Show.

He told the Globe: "We want Doddy fans everywhere to get involved ... that's a gagging order."

Another crazy caper will be the first ever 'Jam Butty Cake Bake Off ' between the head chefs of the Royal Court and National Museums Liverpool.

Lady Dodd fully supports the events and the Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation has provided some funding.

Anne told the Globe: "Ken would have loved the idea of a Happiness Day. He always said that he was a 'double act' - him and the audience.

"And that is what Doddy Day is about - a sharing of laughter and happiness.

"Merseyside - both sides of the river - was very special to him.

"The people here have such incredible warmth and spirit."

And Paul Gallagher of the National Musems Liverpool said it will be a joyous occasion: "We hold Ken and Lady Anne close to our hearts.

"We worked with him on our much loved exhibition By Jove - It's Ken Dodd.

"We need Doddy Day more than ever in the new normal we are living in."

So time to make a date in our Doddy diaries - November 7.

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