COUNTDOWN TO ERIC: He’ll be back better than ever

Jerry Hughes, Manager of AB Fine Art Foundry in London applying the final burnish to the restored Eric Morecambe statue, under the watchful eye of sculptor Graham Ibbeson.
Jerry Hughes, Manager of AB Fine Art Foundry in London applying the final burnish to the restored Eric Morecambe statue, under the watchful eye of sculptor Graham Ibbeson.

The Eric Morecambe statue will be back home on Thursday and he’s looking better than ever.

And we have the evidence, thanks to this video still from Carnforth filmmaker Chris Abram.

Chris travelled down to London to the foundry where Eric has been repaired.

He is filming the story of how Eric was vandalised and restored for a special video called ‘2014: An Eventful Year in the Life of Morecambe’.

Chris watched as Trevor Hughes, manager of the AB Fine Art Foundry, applied the finishing touches to the sculpture under the watchful eye of Graham Ibbeson, sculptor of the famous tribute to the comic legend.

“The craftsmanship is absolutely superb and there is no indication that he was vandalised,” said Chris.

“Eric looks just as he did on his very first day in Morecambe.”

Our Eric will travel back up to Morecambe on Wednesday and will be reinstalled in his usual spot on Thursday morning.

Then Joan, Eric’s widow, his son Gary and daughter Gail will be driven from the Midland hotel in Eric’s Silver Shadow Rolls Royce, to view the restored landmark, at around 1pm.

The statue has been in London since a man attacked his standing leg with a hacksaw on October 11, causing so much damage that Lancaster City Council had to take it down. The man was arrested but later released and sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Aside from Eric’s story, Chris has been videoing and editing selected events throughout the year such as the Catch the Wind kite festival, the Morecambe Carnival, Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage by the Sea festival, and Sigh of the Sea, the tribute to the Chinese cockling tragedy. The DVD will be available in January. If anyone has any high quality film that could be included in the DVD then Chris would love to hear from you. Contact him at chris@heritagevideoproductions.co.uk or telephone on 01524 736573. The film will eventually be preserved in the North West Film Archive and also be made available to Morecambe Heritage.