First spot in new Eric Morecambe Garden up for grabs

Graham Ibbeson with an early prototype of the Eric Morecambe Statue. Photo by David Hurst.
Graham Ibbeson with an early prototype of the Eric Morecambe Statue. Photo by David Hurst.

The first place in a ‘Garden of Fame’ to celebrate Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise will be the star auction lot at The Visitor Sunshine Ball.

Guests at the Ball can bid to have their name - or that of their business - inscribed on the first plaque in the new Sunshine Garden of Fame in Morecambe, scheduled to open in 2016.

This ‘walkway of fame’ style attraction, to be located opposite the Winter Gardens, will lead to a towering piece of bronze wall art depicting the comedy duo, sculpted by 
Graham Ibbeson, the man behind the Eric Morecambe Statue.

Proceeds from the auction and raffle at our ball on Friday, May 1 at the Midland Hotel, will go towards the campaign to raise £70,000 for the wall art and Garden of Fame, which we have dubbed ‘Morecambe Gets Wise’.

Also at the Ball, a miniature maquette version of the Eric statue will be one of the auction lots.

A bigger version was auctioned at Thursday’s Eric Morecambe Tribute Dinner at the Globe Arena and fetched £1,200 for the campaign.

A framed piece of art by well-known comic and sports artist Paul Trevillion, based on Eric Morecambe’s famous paper bag gag, will also be among the auction items.

These lots have been donated by Jim Cadman, campaign co-ordinator.

Other auction items on the night are a Morecambe Bay dinghy experience, donated by Keith and Sue Byers, a £500 print voucher donated by Morecambe Press, and a VIP day out at a Morecambe FC match, donated by Morecambe Football Club.

You can still vote in the reader categories for the Sunshine Awards, to be given out on the night.

See HERE . The closing date is April 28.