PARR Hall's manager has paid tribute to Ken Dodd, saying his shows formed part of the history of the Palmyra Square venue.

The comedian and variety artist, who died on Sunday, performed his Happiness Show regularly in Warrington throughout his career.

Chris Persoglio, venue and events manager at Pyramid and Parr Hall said: "On Sunday we lost a great friend of Parr Hall.

"We are very honoured to have worked with Ken Dodd and his partner, Anne, for many, many years, it was always a pleasure.

"What was clear is just how much he loved what he did, hence the reason he was still playing shows at the age of 90. He truly did have pure entertainment running through him.

"Even after he - eventually - left the stage at his shows, he would stay back with us and tell the staff jokes until the early hours.

"Ken’s regular shows here have formed part of the history of Parr Hall and we will always remember them with great fondness. An absolute legend and, above all, a truly lovely man.

"He will be missed by the team and audiences at Parr Hall."

Ken also invited Warrington British Sign Language Signing Choir to join him on stage for the past three years at Parr Hall. 

The choir signed his song Happiness and described him as 'a wonderful ambassador and supporter for deaf awareness'.

They were also due to perform with Ken this year before his show was postponed and finally cancelled days before his death.

Jeanette Hughes, from the choir, said: “I enjoyed every minute working with Doddy, I’m so sad.

"It's such a loss for laughter in the world, but Ken has left a legacy of happiness.” 

Peter Morley, choir chairman, added: "It was such a wonderful experience signing with Sir Ken Dodd."