Family delighted with Eric Morecambe statue comeback

Joan Morecambe inspects the returned statue of her husband Eric Morecambe.
Joan Morecambe inspects the returned statue of her husband Eric Morecambe.

Eric Morecambe’s family has given a hearty thumbs up to the return of the statue.

The great man’s widow Joan, his sons Gary and Steven, and daughter Gail all smiled broadly as they visited the landmark on Thursday afternoon.

Gail, the spitting image of her father, linked arms with the statue.

Meanwhile her mum chatted happily with gathered crowds, looking delighted on a day that would have been Eric and Joan’s 62nd wedding anniversary.

The Morecambes arrived at the statue at around 1pm in Eric’s Silver Shadow Rolls Royce.

The Rolls was driven by Joan Yates, wife of Carnforth man Peter Yates who restored the car.

A small crowd of onlookers gathered in high winds as the family posed for photographs with Eric.

David Morris, MP for Morecambe, Amina Lone, who will stand against Mr Morris for Labour in next year’s General Election, and Eileen Blamire, leader of Lancaster City Council were also amongst the observers.

The sculpture was returned to Morecambe Promenade on Thursday morning after repairs.

Later the family popped in to Morecambe Football Club.

They handed over a special ‘Eric Morecambe Trophy’ created by the statue’s sculptor Graham Ibbeson.

Morecambe FC and Luton Town, Eric’s two favourite football teams, will meet on Saturday at the Globe Arena.

The winning team will receive the trophy, a golden mini version of the statue.