Eric’s widow to visit Winter Gardens

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The widow of our town’s favourite son is returning to Morecambe for the first time in 13 years.

Joan Morecambe will pay a visit to the Winter Gardens theatre later this month on her first official trip to the town since 1999, when the statue of her late husband Eric was unveiled.

Joan will be accompanied by her son Gary on a tour of the old theatre, which campaigners are trying to restore.

The Winter Gardens holds a special place in the family’s heart because Eric performed at the theatre during the early years of his double act with Ernie Wise.

The building was also used as a location for scenes in the recent BBC2 TV drama about Eric’s early life, Eric and Ernie.