Oct 16

Eric Morecambe lives on in the seaside town he called his own …

by in Photography, UK

There is something wonderfully compelling about the statue of Eric Morecambe on the promenade overlooking Morecambe Bay in Lancashire … Virtually everyone who sees it has to pose for their photo in that dancey, head-on-one side, hopping-on-one foot stance he made so famous in the 60s, 70s and 80s.  He has his back to one of the loveliest views in the country as Morecambe promenade faces out to the beautiful Lake District fells across the deceptively peaceful sands of the Bay.

Eric Morecambe statue by Graham Ibbeson

Eric Morecambe was an English comedian who formed the award-winning double act Morecambe and Wise with fellow northerner Ernie Wise. He took his stage name from his home town of Morecambe in the north west of England.  This larger-than-life statue was created by sculptor Graham Ibbeson and was unveiled by the Queen at Morecambe in July 1999, the same year he was voted Britain’s funniest person of the 20th century.  The sculpture  is surrounded by inscriptions of many of his favourite catchphrases and a lengthy list of the many famous guest stars who appeared on the show.  They include The Beatles, Tom Jones, Laurence Olivier, Glenda Jackson, Shirley Bassey, Angela Rippon and conductor Andre Previn.

Morecambe Bay Promenade Lancashire

Not far along the Promenade is the recently restored Art Deco Midland Hotel, where another famous sculptor, Eric Gill, created some very fine murals and sculptures that grace the building, adding a touch of glamour to this traditional English seaside town.

Midland Hotel Morecambe Bay Lancashire

Opposite is Brucciani’s Ice Cream Parlour next to the red-brick Victorian Winter Gardens, venue for many famous names from the days when Morecambe was a very popular seaside resort, attracting big names from theatre and other performing arts.  It’s still waiting rather forlornly for enough funding to be restored to its former lively wondrousness. The spirit of Eric must be very happy to see his life-like presence giving so much pleasure to so many – and will hopefully continue to do so for many years to come …

Eric Morecambe statue

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15 Responses to “Eric Morecambe lives on in the seaside town he called his own …”

  1. From Zoë Dawes:

    There are some delightfully quirky sculptures of sea birds all along the Promenade and the sunsets there can be magical.

    Posted on October 16, 2012 at 11:10 pm #
  2. From Wendy Mason:

    Hi Zoe
    Great post. I think you know I have very happy memories of the Morecambe area. It is great to be reminded how pleasant it can be. And, oh, I do miss dear old Eric!
    Sending luv

    Posted on October 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm #
  3. From Zoë Dawes:

    Thanks for your comment Wendy. Have you been back recently? The Prom & Jetty have been completely redesigned with lots of delightful art works & a quirky contemporary design. It would be great if the town itself could get some regeneration and investment. The views across the bay are stunning.

    My aunt & uncle used to live in Harpenden & I remember seeing EM at a garden fete there – he was a genuinely funny, charming guy. Much missed, as you say 🙂

    Posted on October 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm #
  4. From Wendy Mason:

    Hi Zoe
    That is a coincidence – my best friend lives in Harpenden and I lived there for a while. The last time I stayed with her, we sent to see the local operatic society do a Gilbert and Sullivan production in the community hall named after Eric – great fun. I haven’t been back to Morecambe for years but it is on the agenda.

    Posted on October 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm #
  5. From D.J. - The World of Deej:

    Definitely quirky…would be fun to take that photo with the statue:)

    Posted on October 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm #
  6. From Zoë Dawes:

    You’ll have to come over one day DJ & I’ll show you round some more of our quirky delights in the NW 😉

    Posted on October 26, 2012 at 9:41 am #
  7. From Barry McCann:

    Many childhood memories of Morecambe. Particularly Morcambe illuminations and Happy Mount Park. And the much missed Frontier Land. Yee-Haww!

    Posted on November 4, 2012 at 11:43 am #
  8. From Alvina:

    My ‘day job’ is based in Morecambe and I frequently just ‘have’ to stop and take photos across the Bay. Most people cann’t believe it when I tell them the pics are Morecambe.

    Posted on November 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm #
  9. From Turkey's For Life:

    Aww, great post. Loved Eric Morecambe and had no idea that Lancashire Day was coming up – or that there was a Lancashire Day for that matter.

    Posted on November 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm #
  10. From Zoë Dawes:

    Frontier Land – now that’s the Land that Time Forgot Barry! Only the frontage left – and the Polo Tower of course 🙂

    I know what you mean Alvina – think it is one of the most stunning views in England.

    Posted on November 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm #
  11. From Chris Coates:

    Although not quite finished yet, the Winter Gardens are hosting many events and is @gardensMcbe The person who has been responsible for much of the restoration, Evelyn Archer, tweets from time to time @evelynarcher1 and has a website

    Posted on May 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm #
  12. From Zoe Dawes:

    Thanks so much Chris for that information. We hope very much that one day the Winter Gardens of Morecambe will open fully and regain some of its former glory. I’ll follow those tweeps with interest!

    Posted on May 31, 2017 at 8:41 pm #


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