Family delight at tribute to Dame Thora Hird

Dame Thora Hird.
Dame Thora Hird.
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A lasting tribute to Morecambe’s most famous daughter will be unveiled this Friday and her family couldn’t be more delighted.

Relatives of Dame Thora Hird have welcomed news that a memorial plaque will be placed close to where she first trod the boards.

The plaque will be located outside the Eric Bartholomew Wetherspoon pub on Euston Road, near the site of the town’s old Royalty Theatre.

The actress and comedienne, who died in 2003, first performed there in 1911 aged just two months. Her father James was theatre manager.

Daisy Torme, Thora’s granddaughter, said: “On behalf of my entire family, we are very happy for any tribute that shines a spotlight on the long lifetime of incredible work my grandmother did...especially in her beloved Morecambe.”

The plaque says: “This plaque commemorates the much-loved award-winning actress, born in Morecambe on 28 May 1911. She made her theatrical début at the Royalty Theatre which stood opposite these premises until 1969. Thora appeared in more than 100 films and became a household name through her highly popular television work, including Edie, in Last of the Summer Wine. Thora Hird died on 5 March 2003, aged 91.”

David Morris, MP for Morecambe, joined forces with pub chain J D Wetherspoon after English Heritage rejected Dame Thora for a commemorative Blue Plaque last year, saying it was “too soon after her death”.

Mr Morris approached Wetherspoon’s, who agreed to fund, design and create the plaque themselves.

The MP will unveil the memorial on Friday at 11am.

Inside the pub there will also be a photographic tribute to Dame Thora’s career.

The actress starred in the film The Entertainer, which was filmed in Morecambe, and sitcoms In Loving Memory, Hallelujah!, Dinnerladies and Meet The Wife. She also won three BAFTA awards.