Mark Elsmore

Happiness Always, Ken Dodd.

By markelsmore, Mar 12 2018 08:50PM

I thought I’d share my watercolour of Sir Ken Dodd. It’s a painting from 1997 when he came to Stoke-on-Trent to reopen The Theatre Royal in Hanley. It was a portrait for a London exhibition but was never used and I’ve kept it ever since.


When he returned to The Potteries on his next tour I showed him the painting and he very kindly signed the outer mount -‘Happiness Always, Ken Dodd.’


I called the painting ‘Tattyfilarious!’


He said I’d ‘Caught a moment’, but said that he never wore a double breasted jacket for performances. I explained that it hadn’t been a scheduled show and that it captured his guest appearance at The Royal.

Sadly, Ken passed away on Sunday night, and The Royal closed many years ago. Truly the end of an era.

He leaves so many people with great memories and ‘Happiness Always’.

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