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Floral opens Book of Condolence following death of Sir Ken Dodd.

The Floral Pavilon Theatre, New Brighton, scene of countless performances by Liverpool comic Sir Ken Dodd, has opened a Book of Condolence to allow local fans to pay their respects.

Sir Ken died earlier this week aged 90. He entertained audiences at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, for decades, becoming friends with many former and current members of staff, and members of the audience who returned time after time. 

The veteran entertainer last appeared at the Floral in 2017. His shows were legendary for running until the early hours of the morning, and he joked with the audience that they needed to come prepared with a stock of sandwiches and flask.  

He was the last performer to appear at the old Floral Pavilion before it closed for redevelopment, and the first to appear on the stage of the new-look theatre when it re-opened, fulfilling his pledge to be the first act to grace the new stage.

His jokes were often at the expense of invited guests and dignitaries, and and he joked affectionately with the audience about well-known local places and landmarks. 

He was present at the official opening of the new Floral in 2011, and met HM The Queen and Prince Philip who were officially opening the venue. 

As well as a Book of Condolence in the foyer of the Floral, (during opening hours), a Book of Condolence has opened in Liverpool. Details here