North West Wales

Comedian Ken Goodwin dies aged 78

Ken Goodwin was a regular on ITV's The Comedians
Ken Goodwin was a regular on ITV's The Comedians

Tribute has been paid to the comedian Ken Goodwin, who has died at the age of 78.

One of many personalities who rose to fame in the 1970s TV show The Comedians, Manchester-born Goodwin spent his retirement in Llandudno.

He died on Saturday at a nursing home at Rhos-on-Sea, Conwy, after suffering from Alzheimer's for several years.

Among those who had worked with him was fellow comedian Frank Carson, 85, who has also just died.

Goodwin's former manager and friend Clive Stock described him as a gentle man and a gentle comedian.

Mr Stock said his friend topped the bill at the London Palladium in the 70s after being discovered on the TV show, known for his catchphrase "settle down now, settle down".

Born in Manchester, Goodwin eventually moved to Llandudno with his wife, Vicki, near to Mr Stock, 85, who also worked as a performer with his wife, Gwen, before they retired.

Mr Stock said Goodwin was a quiet man off-stage who saved his gags for the audience, preferring to perform to a live crowd on stage rather than before the TV cameras.

His funeral is to be held at St Hilary's, Llanrhos, Llandudno, on Friday 2 March.

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