Eric Morecambe statue sculptor will unveil new trail

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THE creator of the resort’s Eric Morecambe statue will help launch a new leaflet which takes visitors on a coastal trail of the unique collection of artwork along Morecambe Promenade.

Known as the Tern Project, the artwork, inspired by the birdlife of Morecambe Bay, includes bird bollards, a magpie hopscotch, moon walk and star map, a word search and a 300-metre poem path known as the Flock of Words.

The free, full-colour leaflet gives visitors with an informative at-a-glance guide along the trail, taking in the Eric Morecambe statue.

Graham Ibbeson, internationally-recognised artist and creator of bronze sculptures in towns and cities across Britain will be available at the launch to sign copies of his new book, written with John Threlkeld: Graham Ibbeson, The People’s Sculptor: Bronze, Clay and Life.

The book is a history of Graham’s early life in a small mining village, and his increasing interest in art and sculpture.

It outlines the stories behind other notable public statues, including Laurel and Hardy, Les Dawson, Dickie Bird and Cary Grant.

Everyone is welcome at the event, from 11am this Friday, July 20, at the Morecambe Visitor Information Centre, Marine Road Central, to meet Graham Ibbeson, pick up a leaflet and sample a range of Lancashire refreshments.

After the book signing, Graham will move across to the Midland Hotel, where he will host a one-day-only exhibition of some of his sculpturesm including the original model of the Eric Morecambe statue.