Eric Morecambe statue back ‘by end of year’

Police arrive to seal off the Eric Morecambe statue area before the sculpture was removed. Pic by Stuart Campbell.
Police arrive to seal off the Eric Morecambe statue area before the sculpture was removed. Pic by Stuart Campbell.
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The Eric Morecambe statue will return to its rightful home – but it might not be for months yet.

Lancaster City Council said they were “pulling out all the stops” to repair the famous sculpture and aim to have Eric back in his spot overlooking Morecambe Bay by the end of the year.

The statue’s creator, sculptor Graham Ibbeson, will visit Morecambe next Wednesday (October 22) to inspect the damage to the bronze tourist attraction.

Mr Ibbeson will then work with the council to restore Eric to his former glory.

The statue of the comedian, Morecambe’s most famous and favourite son, was attacked with a hacksaw in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Councillor Ron Sands, who is responsible for tourism on the council cabinet, said: “Removal of the statue was necessary for public safety reasons and also so we could secure Eric to prevent any further damage. “People can be assured that he is being well looked after and is at a safe location.

“It is difficult to put an exact timescale on the repairs because it will very much depend on Mr Ibbeson’s expert opinion. We don’t therefore know how much the repairs will cost either, but we are speaking to our insurers.”

Eric Morecambe, born Eric Bartholomew, was one half of Morecambe and Wise, Britain’s most popular comedy double act of all time. They were famed for their signature tune ‘Bring Me Sunshine’. Eric died suddenly of a heart attack in 1984, aged 58.