The Diddy Men were originally an unseen joke but after a while began to appear on stage with Dodd, delighting children in the audience. They also appeared in Dodd's BBC television programmes in the 1960s, as string-operated puppets.
The Diddy Men are most like the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz but have also been compared to Smurfs, the US Cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks and Oompa-Loompas. They tend to wear slightly oversized adult clothes in flamboyant style including tall furry hats. Diddy Men are about 3 feet tall and said to work in the Jam Butty mines of Knotty Ash.
Notable Diddy Men include: Dicky Mint, Mick the Marmalizer, Little Evan, Hamish McDiddy, Nigel Ponsonby-Smallpiece, Nicky Nugget, Alan Driscoll, Sid Short and Smarty Arty. Diminutive British Disc Jockey David Hamilton (broadcasting) who appeared as a regular on Dodd's BBC shows of the era, acquired the nickname 'Diddy David' which has stayed with him to this day.
The Diddy Men have a song, once released as a single, titled "The Song of the Diddy Men", sung in a high pitched, chipmunk style voice. It includes the chorus: "We are the Diddy Men, the Diddy Men, the Diddy Men, We are the Diddy Men and we come from Knotty Ash".
On stage the Diddy Men are normally played by children or little people. On TV and in some stage performances, Dodd uses a ventriloquist's puppet of the Dicky Mint character. These days the Diddy Men are rarely seen outside pantomime season. Many child actors and other notable people from Liverpool have been Diddy Men in their younger days, including at least one leading Labour Councillor.
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