We look back at Sir Ken Dodd’s visits to Suffolk

Ken Dodd on stage at the Regent Theatre, Ipswich. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Ken Dodd on stage at the Regent Theatre, Ipswich. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

The entertainment star Sir Ken Dodd passed away on Sunday - we take a look back at some of his visits to East Anglia.

Ken Dodd January 1972. PICTURE:CONTRIBUTED

Ken Dodd January 1972. PICTURE:CONTRIBUTED

The comedy legend died at the age of 90, with his partner Anne Jones at his bedside.

Read more: Comedy legend Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90

During his lifetime the comedian made many visits to Suffolk - our gallery includes pictures from May 31, 2009 and May 28, 2011 when he performed at The Regent in Ipswich.

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent Ron and Mick Butcher and Ann and Mick Wilding. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent Ron and Mick Butcher and Ann and Mick Wilding. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Sir Ken was known for his legendary long live shows and in 2004 The Regent was home to one.

The star put on a show which lasted over five hours and finished at 1.15am. As people were leaving the comedy genius joked “Don’t bother getting a taxi, get a milk float.”

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Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent Paul , Lesley and Robert Stephenson and Trish Johnson. Picture: LUCY

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent Paul , Lesley and Robert Stephenson and Trish Johnson. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

In 2011, our Entertainment writer Wayne Savage interviewed the comedy legend and asked him why he lets his shows over-run.

He said: “When the whole thing is swinging and the audience are really laughing their heads off it’s very difficult to say ‘you know, that’s it folks’. You don’t want to be a party pooper and the doors aren’t locked, it’s not a hostage situation; anybody who wants to go home early can do.”

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent Brian Harvey, Pauline and John Cotton. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent Brian Harvey, Pauline and John Cotton. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent
Margaret Ford, Betty Garwood, Jean Gorringe, Angel Goodwin, Rosemary

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent Margaret Ford, Betty Garwood, Jean Gorringe, Angel Goodwin, Rosemary Morphew and Lesley Brinkley . Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent in 2009. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent in 2009. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent.
Sylvia Jones and Betty Newcomb.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent. Sylvia Jones and Betty Newcomb. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent.
Emma Furlong,Steve Langford and Michael Mann.
Picture: SARAH LUCY

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent. Emma Furlong,Steve Langford and Michael Mann. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN.

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent .
Peggy Snell and Maxine Garwood.
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent . Peggy Snell and Maxine Garwood. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent.
L-R Chris and Tina Jullings, Christine and Rod Trott.
Picture: SARA

Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent. L-R Chris and Tina Jullings, Christine and Rod Trott. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN.

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Ken Dodd at The Ipswich Regent.
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