Ken Dodd at the Royal Spa Centre, Leamington

Ken Dodd statue at Liverpool Lime Street.
Image originally by Ewan McIntosh and uploaded to Flickr under the CC BY-NC 2.0 license.

I noticed that Ken Dodd is coming to the Spa Centre again this month to perform his ‘Happiness Show’, which is amazing as he is in his late 80s.

I went to see him about 15 years ago with my mum and brother. We had decided to take my mum as she had first seen him with her two sisters in the 1950s at the London Palladium in a variety show along with Cliff Richard. She had often told us a story of them being on the front row of the balcony and crying with laughter. She had also seen him at the Coventry Theatre (not the Belgrade, my mum said it was another theatre in Coventry that is no longer there).

Went on all night

We had heard that his show went on all night and audiences were often in the theatre till midnight. When he came on stage I remember him saying to get comfortable as we would be seated till at least midnight and he was right the show finished just after! My mum had a friend who did work backstage at the Spa Centre and she said that he would carry on telling jokes to the staff in the bar till 2-3am.

Have you seen Ken Dodd at the Spa Centre in Leamington?

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