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In pictures: Sir Ken Dodd through the years

From the 1960s until now, the veteran entertainer kept audiences laughing through the years

Sir Ken Dodd, who has died aged 90, entertained audiences for more than six decades.

Here is the beloved comedian’s life remembered in pictures:

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Ken Dodd making toffee in his dressing room before starring in the show Rocking With Laughter at the Hippodrome, Blackpool, September 4 1957

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Ken Dodd in his dressing room before opening at the London Palladium, April 17 1965

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The Queen talking with Ken Dodd when the stars were presented at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium, November 9 1965

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Ken Dodd pictured for the announcement of a new eight-week series of his show Doddy’s Music Box on ABC Television in London, December 28 1967

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Ken Dodd with his Diddy men, appearing in The Ken Dodd Spectacular at the Opera House, in Manchester, December 24 1973

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Margaret Thatcher with her very own ‘tickling stick’, talking with Ken Dodd at the London Palladium when she attended the evening performance of the comedian’s Laughter Show on October 23 1980

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Ken Dodd during rehearsals at the London Palladium on September 26 1990

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John Major with (from left) Anna Jones, Cilla Black, Ken Dodd and Lionel Blair at a Downing Street party on July 15 1996

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The Queen with Ken Dodd backstage after the Royal Variety Performance at the Birmingham Hippodrome, November 29 1999

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Ken Dodd and writer and broadcaster Melvin Bragg arriving for the South Bank Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London, January 25 2001

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Ken Dodd unveiling a Bronze Statue in memory of Laurel and Hardy, in Ulverston, Cumbria, on April 19 2009

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Ken Dodd with an oil on canvas portrait of himself entitled ‘Ken Dodd. Entertainer’ by Wiltshire artist David Cobley, August 17 2005

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Ken Dodd unveiling the Comedy Carpet at the foot of Blackpool Tower, October 10 2011

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Ken Dodd arriving for The Oldie of the Year Awards, at Simpsons in the Strand, London, on February 3 2015

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Sir Ken Dodd at Buckingham Palace, London, after he was made a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire, on March 2 2017

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Sir Ken Dodd being made a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire by the Duke of Cambridge

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Sir Ken Dodd at a civic lunch to mark his 90th birthday at Liverpool Town Hall, on November 8 2017

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