AN EXCLUSIVE copy of a new book about legendary comedian Ken Dodd was delivered to Bolton Central Library by Councillor Sean Hornby, today.

Written and compiled by his friends and fans, the book entitled "Absent Friends" is based on the late comedian's life and includes a collection of humorous and heartfelt stories, poetry, photographs and artwork.

Ken Dodd was due to perform at the Albert Halls on February 2 but was unable due to poor health and died on March 11.

The Master of Mirth had a long and treasured connection to the town, playing his second professional show in Bolton in 1954.

And Cllr Hornby himself features in the book ­— named after Ken's last recorded song ­— on page 77, discussing two pieces of advice given to him by the late comedian: "Never forget who put you where you are" and "Always look sincere and always look them in the eye".

The advance copy of the book will now be available for the public to read from the library.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Culture and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “The library service is very pleased to accept this book from Cllr Hornby. It will be added to our local history collection because of Ken Dodd’s links to Bolton. Extra copies will be ordered for loan from our libraries.”