FIRST Morecambe’s Winter Gardens had the support of “The Hoff” and now it’s being backed by “The Hump”.
The UK’s Eurovision Song Contest entrant Engelbert Humperdinck is the latest celebrity to throw his weight behind the campaign to restore the town’s old theatre.
Nicknamed “The Hump”, the 76-year-old crooner bumped into Morecambe MP David Morris and was photographed holding up a sign saying “I support Morecambe’s Winter Gardens”.
Last year, Mr Morris was pictured with TV star David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff with a similar sign.
“I am really pleased Engelbert has agreed to put his name to the Winter Gardens,” said Mr Morris, a former songwriter and session musician.
“When ‘The Hoff’ did the same, the publicity generated gave the theatre a huge boost with a number of enquiries from all over the UK and now through the help of volunteers the restoration project has taken a big step forward.”
Mr Humperdinck, real name Arnold George Dorsey, will represent the UK at the annual TV singing event in Baku, Azerbaijan, this Saturday.
“I remember seeing Engelbert perform a concert at the Winter Gardens in the 60s and I’m sure he will remember it,” said Evelyn Archer, chair of the Winter Gardens Preservation Trust.
“I’m pleased our MP has spoken to him and that he’s decided to support us, but it would be nice if David Morris could get him to come up to Morecambe and look at the theatre.”