Summer Madness: Jam Butty Bonanza!!


We’re celebrating midsummer madness with a Ken Dodd inspired JAM BUTTY BONANZA!! Between now and the end of June send us your jam butty-related photos and we’ll post them here. Email them to or post them on our FACEBOOK page. Thanks for contributions below to George O’Toole, Ruth McGiver, Joe Patterson and Denise Graham. Read on for photos, poems and more.  


BBC Radio 4 Extra celebrated Midsummer Madness on June 21 by repeating a very entertaining Ken Dodd interview, when he answered questions from Ricky Tomlinson. You can listen to it by clicking HERE

Ken Dodd talks about jam butties and much else in a hilarious 1963 interview with the Beatles which you can watch on YouTube (click HERE). You can also read our own interview with Ken Dodd by clicking HERE.

All of this started when Billy Butler suggested on the radio when talking about The Merseysider’s Ken Dodd interview that Liverpool should stage a major live event to honour the great man. This led to the idea of an annual Midsummer Madness Festival, which in turn inspired PVC to write this surreal poem:


It was the longest day, on this summer eve

At a mad hatters’ tea party, would you believe.

The guests were all sitting round a table of brass,

And the food was jam sandwiches, flowers and grass.

There were others too, with jam on their cheese,

And watery eyes that kept making them sneeze.

The pollen was yellow and stirred in their tea,

In massive soup bowls swam a pink honeybee.

They giggled and squealed in childish delight,

Their hats all sticky and yellow and white.

With jam on their sleeves, they sang and sang,

Who could rescue the jam butty gang?

The longest day went on for hours,

As the guests grew tired, and ate more flowers.

Then sleep they did, and heads did nod.

Where was their friend, that funny Ken Dodd?

With his messy hair and happy eyes,

His voice so sweet, his teeth a fine size?

He was at a show in Liverpool,

His jokes not rude though they were still cool.

The theatre was rocked by laughs and cries,

As tears rolled down everyone’s eyes.

Midnight passed on the longest day,

And still Ken’s jokes made them all stay.

But alas the time was now one a.m.,

And people drifted from Ken’s den…

Then Ken woke up with a sneeze –

The jam butty gang if you please,

With their watery eyes and jam stained teeth,

Had tickled Ken Dodd awake from his sleep.

Another day, another dream…

The summer solstice  – that’s what it’s been.

Now back to normal, all at ease,

But watch the pollen, it makes you sneeze.

We love your jokes Ken, we love your style,

You make us laugh, you’ve got such guile.

So roll on Ken, you easy rider,

You’ve got the love of every Merseysider.

Now for some photos:

A pensive Louis (below) wonders if even he will be able to finish all those butties. You can also watch a great video of Louis’s jam butty dance on our Facebook page (click HERE).No knife needed here! A big bendy butty like your mother used to make:

Sadly, southern snooties Marks & Spencer no longer sell these:

Great minds think alike…On Sunday June 21 on a boat in Walthamstow marshes, East London there’s a Jam Butty Midsummer Jam, a laidback musical event. The London group behind it have regular events – details on their FACEBOOK page (click HERE).

And here’s another poem written specially for us by PVC: