Sir Ken was admitted to hospital on January 12th

Veteran comic Sir Ken Dodd is leaving hospital on Tuesday after recovering from a chest infection.

The much-loved 90-year-old star was admitted to Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital more than six weeks ago with a severe chest infection.

He said it was “wonderful” to be heading home and praised the NHS staff who cared for him during his illness.

Sir Ken told the Press Association: “What a wonderful day to be going home, but I have to say in all sincerity that I have been so very, well-treated and I can’t praise the staff at the hospital too highly. They have been absolutely wonderful.

“And the kindness and, dare I say it, affection I have been shown by everyone has been absolutely amazing.”

The star is expected to be welcomed back to his Knotty Ash home by the Diddymen.