VIDEO: Joan reunited with Eric after 11-hour weather ordeal

It was a memorable trip for all the right reasons...but not necessarily in the right order!

The words of Gail Morecambe, paraphrasing her dad’s famous catchphrase, as she gave a hearty thumbs up for the return of the statue.

Picture by Julian Brown for The LEP 11/12/14  Eric Morecambe statue's return to Morecambe.   Eric Morecambe's widow Joan poses with the statue

Picture by Julian Brown for The LEP 11/12/14 Eric Morecambe statue's return to Morecambe. Eric Morecambe's widow Joan poses with the statue

Gail, brothers Gary and Steven, and mum Joan all made the journey to Morecambe for the sculpture’s comeback.

But in the great comic tradition of Eric, things didn’t go exactly to plan.

As they sat in the Midland hotel on Thursday afternoon, Joan recounted the tale of her 11-hour trip to Morecambe during Wednesday’s ‘weather bomb’.

But her late husband would have surely been proud as Joan found humour in her ordeal.

“Eric used to say that life is based on timing but my timing was way out!” she laughed.

“I should have been here at 5 last night but I got here at 10.20.”

Joan, a sprightly 88 years young, caught the train from her home in Hertfordshire and was hit by constant delays as high winds and heavy rain battered the UK.

“I was standing on platforms waiting for trains in the freezing cold, queuing up with hundreds of people,” she said.

“But you’ve got to admire the British public. There were no signs of bad temper and people were helping each other.

“I had some guardian angels myself, young girls who got me organised and took my luggage, and ordered me a taxi.

“It was a real adventure but a complete and utter nightmare. I couldn’t go through it again.”

Meanwhile Gary and Gail were waiting for their mum in the Midland, wondering where she was!

Thankfully Joan eventually arrived in one piece and was on fine form for the big day, which would have been her and Eric’s 62nd wedding anniversary.

Our video is a clip from Greg Lambert’s interview with Eric’s family as Joan explains the story of her trip to Morecambe.