In the 1970’s a book was to be compiled featuring poems by several celebrities, each written with someone special in mind. Many people were sought to contribute including Spike Milligan. When Kenny was asked whether this might be something of interest to him, he jumped at the chance to write a poem in honour of his wife, Angela Douglas.
The book it seems never came to pass, but Kenny’s original poem survives in the estate’s archives and can be found below.
Kenny has signed his best wishes along with his home address on the reverse side of the poem.
HAS TO REMEMBER
A shrimp is a fish,
Or nearly so,
But does it have a mate?
I met a girl called Angela
I met her on a ‘date’
Now, ten years later, she’s my wife
*There’s a funny thing,
A little shrimp, that’s almost a fish,
Led to a wedding ring!
*Kenny was an admirer of Max Miller, who was well known for using the phrase “now there’s a funny thing”. No doubt its use here by Kenny is a direct reference…