The campaign to bring a life-size Morecambe and Wise plaque to Morecambe is about to get a royal stamp of approval.
The Royal Mail will launch a series of stamps paying tribute to Britain’s best-loved comedians and speculation is growing that our very own Eric Morecambe may be on one of the stamps.
This came after an announcement that a first day cover is being released on April 1 (April Fool’s Day) with all money from sales going to the ‘Morecambe Gets Wise’ appeal. Morecambe schoolchildren will be involved in the design and a second first day cover will be issued on the weekend of Morecambe Carnival (May 2 and 3), postmarked ‘Morecambe’.
The Royal Mail has so far said that The Two Ronnies will be part of the ‘Comedy Greats’ stamps set but has not confirmed any other names.
‘Morecambe Gets Wise’, backed by The Visitor, is a plan to bring a bronze piece of wall art of both Eric and his partner Ernie Wise to the town.
A garden near the Midland hotel is being earmarked for the new attraction, which could be surrounded by Hollywood-style ‘walk of fame’ plaques on the ground, each engraved with a name of a friend or famous fan of Eric Morecambe. Plans are for the Sunshine Garden of Fame to be opened on July 23, which would also see a special ‘Eric Morecambe Day’ in Morecambe.
Jim Cadman, project co-ordinator, outlined these and other plans to raise £50,000 for the wall art when he spoke to an audience of local businesses and VIPs at the Platform on Monday night.
Plans include a VIP dinner at the Globe Arena, an Eric Morecambe magazine, the sale of limited edition Eric Morecambe miniature statue maquettes, an all-star variety show and two celebrity golf days. Talks are under way to hold one of the golf days at Morecambe Golf Club, with the other earmarked for Lytham St Annes.
Mr Cadman said he’d hoped to run the variety show at the Winter Gardens, but the dressing room facilities at the old theatre would not accommodate the number of high-profile names appearing. Instead, the event could now be held on the North Pier at Blackpool.
He also said a collection of Eric Morecambe Statue ‘prototypes’, created by statue sculptor Graham Ibbeson in the 1990s, would also be auctioned for the appeal. These maquettes were in storage at The Visitor until our newspaper returned them to Mr Ibbeson as part of the launch for ‘Morecambe Gets Wise’.
“Eric has contributed so much to Morecambe so we’re hoping that the people of Morecambe will support Eric,” said Mr Cadman.
Businesses who would like to become a patron of the Eric and Ernie project should contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org .