SUNSHINE BALL 2015: Ball supports Morecambe Gets Wise appeal

Graham Ibbeson posing with a prototype of the Eric Morecambe Statue. Graham is working on a new life-size relief of Eric and Ernie.
Graham Ibbeson posing with a prototype of the Eric Morecambe Statue. Graham is working on a new life-size relief of Eric and Ernie.
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The Visitor is delighted to announce that the Sunshine Ball 2015 will support the Morecambe Gets Wise appeal.

Morecambe Gets Wise is a campaign for a new Morecambe and Wise tourist attraction in Morecambe.

Graham Ibbeson, sculptor of the Eric Morecambe Statue, plans to create a life-size bronze piece of wall art of both the resort-born Eric Morecambe and his comedy partner Ernie Wise.

This will be housed in a new Sunshine Garden of Fame, surrounded by plaques engraved with the names of celebrities, friends and fans of the late great TV duo.

The Garden of Fame, near the Midland Hotel, could open at a special day of events called ‘Eric Morecambe Day’ on July 23, the anniversary of the unveiling of the Eric statue itself.

Jim Cadman, business partner of Mr Ibbeson, is co-ordinating plans to raise £50,000 to make this new Morecambe attraction a reality.

Money raised at the Sunshine Ball from our auction and raffle will go towards the fund raising efforts.

Mr Cadman said: “Along with Eric Morecambe’s family I am delighted and very appreciative of the fact that the Sunshine Ball will be supporting the bronze wall art of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise to be located in the in the Sunshine Garden of Fame adjacent to the Midland Hotel.

“We are aiming to raise £50,000 for the project before Eric Morecambe Day in July 2015 by arranging events that include an Eric Morecambe Tribute Dinner, a Bobby George Darts Challenge and a Morecambe and Wise All Star Variety Show.”

Nicola Adam, editor of The Visitor, said: “The Visitor is delighted to announce Morecambe Gets Wise appeal as the beneficiary of this year’s Sunshine Ball.It seems entirely appropriate that a campaign designed to reunite Morecambe’s comedy hero with his famous sidekick on our own promenade should benefit from an event named after and inspired by Eric himself.”