We’re walking on sunshine for new Morecambe and Wise ‘walk of fame’

The Morecambe Gets Wise campaign logo.

The Morecambe Gets Wise campaign logo.

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Celebrity friends and fans of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise will have pride of place in a new ‘walk of fame’ in Morecambe.

The Sunshine Garden of Fame will be home to a life-size piece of bronze wall artwork of Morecambe and Wise in gardens next to the Midland hotel.

Ian Ashpital and Jonty Stephens, who are currently appearing in the West End as 'Eric and Little Ern'.

Ian Ashpital and Jonty Stephens, who are currently appearing in the West End as 'Eric and Little Ern'.

‘Sunshine plaques’, each one dedicated to a friend or admirer of the comic duo or an artiste who has appeared at the Winter Gardens, will form a walkway leading to the new attraction.

Talks are under way with the families of Eric and Ernie to decide which celebrities will feature.

There will also be plaques for patrons of the fund-raising campaign for the wall art, dubbed ‘Morecambe Gets Wise’ by The Visitor.

A whole host of exciting plans are in the works to raise money for the bronze relief, created by Eric Morecambe Statue sculptor Graham Ibbeson.

Graham Ibbeson's design for a life size piece of bronze wall art of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.

Graham Ibbeson's design for a life size piece of bronze wall art of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.

They include:

*An ‘Eric In Morecambe’ tribute magazine featuring the story of the Eric Morecambe Statue,

tributes from Eric’s friends and admirers plus hundreds of original photographs and exclusive

items of rare theatrical memorabilia.

*A Morecambe and Wise celebrity golf tournament

*An Eric Morecambe tribute dinner at the Globe Arena

*A Morecambe and Wise all-star variety show

*Eric Morecambe Day - an Eric Morecambe-themed day in the town on July 23

*Limited edition mini replicas of the new Eric Morecambe Statue signed by Graham Ibbeson

More details will be revealed at a presentation at The Platform on Monday, January 26, by project co-ordinator Jim Cadman, business partner of Mr Ibbeson.

Ian Ashpital and Jonty Stephens, who are currently appearing in the West End Morecambe and Wise stage show ‘Eric and Little Ern’, are backing the plans.

The Visitor is backing the project and Mr Cadman is currently looking for other businesses who may wish to become patrons.

Patrons packages include a limited edition replica of the Eric Morecambe Statue, a plaque in the Sunshine Garden of Fame, an ad in the Eric Morecambe magazine, and VIP invitations to the unveiling of the Morecambe and Wise bronze wall art and other campaign events.

Any readers who have memorabilia or photos of Eric and Ernie, or anyone interested in becoming a patron or sponsor of the project, or who would like to attend the presentation on January 26, should contact Jim Cadman or email jwc@ericmorecambestatue.org .