Residents and visitors are expected to the line the streets today (28 March) as Liverpool pays its respects to comedian Sir Ken Dodd.
A horse-drawn hearse will travel through the city from 11am ahead of the legendary entertainer’s funeral at Liverpool Cathedral.
Starting at 1pm, the service will also be open to the public to attend but seats will only be reserved for those directly invited by the family of Sir Ken, who was a Freeman of Liverpool.
The cathedral will open its doors at 12pm and it’s recommended that people arrive early if they wish to be inside the venue. Remaining seats, including a small area for disabled guests, will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Outside the cathedral, mourners will be able to watch the funeral on a big screen and the service will also be broadcast live from 1pm on BBC Radio Merseyside.
The horse-drawn hearse, which is a nod to Sir Ken’s father’s job as a coal merchant, will travel along the following route:
East Prescot Road (opposite Alder Hey Children’s Hospital)
Queens Drive (A5058) continue onto flyover
Queens Drive (A5058)
Allerton Road (B5180)
Smithdown Road (A562)
Ullet Road (A5089)
Croxteth Road (B5175)
Princes Road (B5175)
Upper Duke Street
Elsewhere in the city, flags are being lowered for the day as a mark of respect at Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Cunard Building and Central Library.
A Book of Condolence which was previously open in the city and has been filled with messages from Sir Ken’s fans, will be passed on to Lady Anne, Sir Ken’s widow, after the funeral.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, says: “There will never be another comedian like Ken, his passing marks the end of an era in British entertainment and I’m sure he’ll be tickled that the city will be putting on such a show in his honour.”