SLIDESHOW: Hundreds take part in Eric Morecambe fun run

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Morecambe promenade was filled with Eric Morecambe lookalikes as hundreds gathered for a special charity fun run.

The fun run, organised by Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club on behalf of Lancaster City Council, celebrated the swift return of the comedian’s statue to its rightful place on the prom after it was vandalised last year.

Warming up for the Eric Morecambe 3k run

Warming up for the Eric Morecambe 3k run

The run welcomed 140 people on Saturday and also offered entrants the opportunity to raise money as part of Red Nose Day.

Everyone was provided with Eric-style glasses as they ran the 3k course along the promenade and some took it further and dressed in the style of the late comedian. The Mayor of Lancaster, Coun Susie Charles, officially started the race and there was an informal and festive atmosphere, with keen runners joined by families and children to celebrate Eric’s legacy.

Anne Marie Harrison, economic development manager at Lancaster City Council, said: “This was a great way to celebrate not only Eric Morecambe but also the wonderful facility we have in Morecambe promenade with its superb backdrop of the bay.”

Angus Murray, fun run organiser from Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club, said: “We hope that the experience of a fun run will encourage juniors and adults to consider running on a regular basis.

“We welcome new members from aged eight upwards at our club.”