Eric Morecambe’s daughter reacts to attack on famous statue

Gail Stuart pictured at The Visitor's Sunshine Ball earlier this year, where she accepted an award on behalf of Eric. Photo by Neil Cross.
Gail Stuart pictured at The Visitor's Sunshine Ball earlier this year, where she accepted an award on behalf of Eric. Photo by Neil Cross.

The daughter of Eric Morecambe has spoken of her sadness at the attempt to steal the statue of her famous father.

Gail Stuart spoke to The Visitor hours after a thief sawed the leg of the beloved bronze sculpture of Eric on Morecambe promenade on Saturday.

The stricken Eric Morecambe statue in the back of a council van after it was damaged in an attempted theft.

The stricken Eric Morecambe statue in the back of a council van after it was damaged in an attempted theft.

The statue was badly damaged and taken away by Lancaster City Council for repairs. A man has been arrested.

There has been widespread outrage to news of the attack on the monument to the legendary comedian.

Gail was informed of the attempted theft by the family of Mike Fountain, Eric’s chauffeur and friend, who lives in Morecambe. She has been monitoring the situation on Facebook.

“I feel so sorry about it, most especially for its creator and then for Morecambe,” said Gail.

“I know that at some point he will be back where he belongs but the seafront won’t feel quite the same until he is.”

Gail, her mum Joan and brother Gary have made numerous visits to the statue over the years.

The bronze sculpture by Graham Ibbeson was unveiled by the Queen in 1999.

For the past 15 years the statue has pulled in thousands of tourists to Morecambe year after year.

Eric Morecambe was one half of the comedy double act Morecambe and Wise, recognised as the most loved comic duo in British light entertainment history.

Real name Eric Bartholomew, he took his stage name from the town of his birth. He died suddenly of a heart attack in 1984, aged 58.