A familiar face turned up at the opening of the Morecambe Heritage Centre and had guests wondering was he real...or not real?
VIPs at the event on Friday did a double take when they were greeted at the door by what appeared to be Noel Edmonds, host of TV quiz show Deal Or No Deal and a man with a controversial past link to our town.
But after a closer look, it became clear it wasn’t the TV presenter and former Radio 1 DJ after all.
It was actually Bob More, who makes his living by impersonating famous faces such as Noel’s.
Bob is better known as a professional Eric Morecambe lookalike, who has appeared at many local events over the past few years, including the recent Morecambe Carnival, dressed as our town’s favourite son.
But now he’s decided to branch out and become somebody who perhaps isn’t thought of quite as fondly in Morecambe, particularly by Lancaster city councillors with memories of the Blobby Gate affair in the 1990s.
Bob said: “When I come to Morecambe I usually do Eric, so I thought this would be a humorous twist because of Noel Edmonds’ history in Morecambe.
“Noel’s harder to do than Eric because he doesn’t really have any mannerisms.
“But I’ve got a bit of work out of it.”
Bob brought along the famous telephone from Deal Or No Deal and clowned around for photos with Darren Clifford, chairman of Morecambe Town Council.
Born in Rotherham, Bob has worked in the entertainment industry for 30 years. He started out working in holiday camps, then did cabaret and worked as a TV and film extra, including spots on Coronation Street, Boon and the Chronicles of Narnia.
He still works on the cabaret circuit, appearing regularly in Blackpool hotels.
Bob is also a massive fan of the history of music hall and variety, so thoroughly enjoyed Ken Bowe’s exhibition at the launch of the Morecambe Heritage Centre, where he acted as guest compere, complete with ‘Mr Blobby’ theme music!