The tale of Lemmy, a Heysham shop and Spam sarnies

Lemmy visited a Heysham shop in the early 1970s, recalls John Moorhouse of Morecambe. Ian West/PA Wire
Lemmy visited a Heysham shop in the early 1970s, recalls John Moorhouse of Morecambe. Ian West/PA Wire
0
Have your say

The death of rock star Lemmy brought back memories for a Morecambe man of the time he chatted with the Motorhead front man about Spam butties.

John Moorhouse got in touch to share a story of when he met Lemmy while working in the Heysham Co-Op grocery section in the early 1970s.

Real name Ian Klimister, Lemmy wandered into the Fairfield Road branch while he was staying in Morecambe for a nearby gig – this in the years before he became a worldwide star.

“One of the daughters of the Irvine family who owned a hotel on Sandylands came in with a young man who she said was a member of a group who were staying with them,” said John.

“They were appearing the following night at Barrow and they were called Hawkwind.

“Having seen photographs of them over the years I realise it was Lemmy.

“He noticed that we sold tins of Spam meat and he told me his auntie was always making Spam sandwiches.”

Lemmy remained with Hawkwind until 1975 and was lead vocalist on their biggest hit ‘Silver Machine’.

He later formed Motorhead and went on to earn global fame for songs such as ‘Ace of Spades’.

He died, aged 70, on December 28 2015.