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Eric and Ern awarded Show Business Personalities of the year for 1964.2nd March 1983...
Eric and Ernie`s hour long special, Variety Days, shown on ITV.
Morecambe & Wise News
Heritage Trail Planned
Posted: 31st January 2016
Plans for a Morecambe and Wise Heritage Trail in Morecambe are underway and close to being finalised. The heritage trail will highlight areas of the seaside town connected to Eric and Ern, and will be identified by plaques. Areas will include the Winter Gardens, Lancaster Road School and The Royal Pub.
The heritage trail was setup after plans for a garden of fame and new bronze relief of the comedy duo were cancelled.
The first plaque will be unveiled on the Jubilee Club on 12th March. The location that Eric made his first paid appearance aged eight.
New Box Set
Posted: 11th December 2016
Network have released the full box set of Two Of A Kind at long last. It features all surviving episodes plus some interesting extras. Currently Amazon are selling it for a lot more than Networks own website. This is an ideal Xmas present and we will be reviewing it shortly. Amazon link
Statue Unveiled By Family
Posted: 14th October 2016
The new statue of Eric and Ern was unveiled today by Gary, Joan and Gail Morecambe, along with a representative from the Wise family. Located in the Winter Gardens Blackpool, this is a very fitting place to finally re-unite Eric and Ern. For full details you can read our feature.
Posted: 28th September 2016
A new bronze statue is to be unveiled in Blackpool to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the duo first playing at the resort. Created by Graham Ibbeson, the man behind the statue of Eric in his home town of Morecambe, has created the 8 foot statue and it will be unveiled by Eric’s wife, and two of his children, Gail and Gary.
The statue will be unveiled in the entrance to the Winter gardens on October 14th, a location often played by Eric and Ern.
Legacy And Laughs
Posted: 14th May 2016
The new exhibition named The Legacy and Laughs of Eric Morecambe is now open to the public, and will run to July 10th. Located at the Lancaster Museum, this great exhibition features many personal possessions of the great man himself including fishing tackle, typewriter and top hat. You can check out our feature
or view images on our gallery
Lancaster Museum Exhibition
Posted: 14th April 2016
The Lancaster City Museum will be running a new exhibition named The Legacy and Laughs of Eric Morecambe. The exhibition will run from 14th May to 10th July and feature memorabilia and personal items of the great man. Details will be available on the museum`s website in due time.
Lancashire Museum website
Posted: 22nd February 2016
Eric`s famous Jensen Interceptor will be put up for auction and is expected to fetch in the region of £150,000.
The car, originally purchased by Eric in 1968 for just £4,500 has gone through several owners and eventually ended up with Silverstone Auctions. There it was completely stripped down and re-built from the ground up.
Recently shown at the London Classic Car Show, this was a firm favourite with Eric and also his chauffeur Mike Fountain.
If you want a piece of history and have the cash to spare, this is a gem of a car.
Posted: 15th December 2015
We have collated all of the Morecambe and Wise shows that are on over the festive season to save you the job. There are some good things this year, the highlight probably being Channel 5 broadcasting Eric and Ernie Live on Xmas eve. Click here for the full list..
Sunshine Garden Cancelled
Posted: 5th December 2015
It is with great sadness that we found out about the cancellation of the planned Sunshine Garden and the Eric and Ern sculture that was planned for the town of Morecambe. Many fund raising events have taken place over the last 12 months, but it seems the project has stalled. There seems to be confusion about the exact reasons with both the project coordinators and Morecambe council claiming different things.
You can read full details on the Lancaster Guardian website.
Sunshine Garden of Fame
Posted: 9th August 2015
After Eric`s statue was vandalised, plans were put in place for a project to bring together Eric and Ern in the holiday resort. As part of that work a new Sunshine Garden of Fame will be build pposite the Winter Gardens Theatre, and the center piece will be a ten foot high bronze wall art depicting the comedy duo. You can read more in our feature: The Sunshine Garden of Fame
Andre Previn Print
Posted: 4th August 2015
Everyone`s favourite Morecambe and Wise sketch is Grieg`s Piano Concerto, and now you can own a unique tribute to that fantastic piece of comedy history. The Original Memorabilia Company have produced a great framed print, fully authorised by the duo`s estate and signed by Andre Previn. There are different purchasing options, so why not visit the website. Click here to go to the site.
Posted: 28th June 2015
The 1968 Jensen Interceptor owned by Eric Morecambe is currently being restored to all its glory. This painstaking process is being fully documented on a new website that includes a lot of photographs. The car was origianlly rescued by Pieter-Jan Baert who then sold it on to Silverstone Auctions. The man behind Silverstone, once he had seen the car, decided not to sell it on, but to take on the job himself. Go to the website.
Posted: 1st May 2015
A new beer has been created as part of the fund raising efforts to make £70,000 for the sunshine garden of fame in Morecambe. The drink, called Sunshine Ale was created by Peter Cross from Cross Bay Brewery, and was launched at the recent Eric Morecambe tribute dinner.
The Sunshine garden is set to open in 2016, and there are many fund raising events going on to help reach the target.
Posted: 31st March 2015
On 1st April, the Royal Mail will issue a new first day cover stamp featuring Eric and Ern. The First Day Cover marks the start of work on a new Bronze Wall Art of Morecambe and Wise by sculptor Graham Ibbeson who was responsible for the world famous statue of Eric Morecambe. The new work will be sited in The Sunshine Garden of Fame that is being created on the Promenade in Morecambe opposite the Winter Gardens Theatre.
Posted: 18th February 2015
As part of the fund raising efforts for the Morecambe and Wise Sunshine Garden of Fame, and the build up to Eric Morecambe Day, why not treat yourself to night of darts. The Eric Morecambe Darts Challenge offers an evening of darting entertainment featuring Bobby George and Colin Lloyd.
The event will take place at the Trimpell Sports and Social Club on Friday 27th March with tickets available from the club itself (01524 412 984).
Posted: 12th November 2014
The iconic statue of Eric is finally returned to the seafront in Morecambe, watched on by his family and a crowd of very cold people. Having been taken down on October due to a failed theft attempt, the fully repaired and strengthened sculture is now back where he belongs. You can read more details in our new feature.
Eric Morecambe Day
Posted: 31st October 2014
Following the attempted theft of the famous statue, there are now plans for an Eric Morecambe Day to celebrate it`s return and to continue to be a yearly event.More details here
Posted: 21st October 2014
It seems the anger of the attempted Eric Morecambe statue theft has subsided under the circumstances and now the jokes are starting to appear. Some people say it was a plot by Des O`Connor, others are saying that Eric is legless at the moment, and a mysterious mural has appeared, sprayed on the side of a building.
Depicting the famous statue, words alongside state: `what would Eric Say?` Your guess is as good as ours!
On a brighter note, Lancaster City Council are hoping to get the statue back where it belongs before the end of the year.
Statue Theft Attempt
Posted: 12th October 2014
Around noon on Saturday 11th October 2014, news began to spread that the famous statue of Eric Morecambe was no longer stood on the seafront of his home town. No one really knew what had happened and there were rumours of vandalism, but who would do that sort of thing?
As the minutes passed, and worried residents began to head for the spot, it became apparent that the council had stepped in and taken down the statue as it was deemed unsafe to leave in its current state.
Shortly after it emerged that the statue had been the target of an attempted theft and someone had taken a saw to the leg in a bid to remove the bronze figure. Not completing the cut meant the statue was unstable, which is when the council stepped in.
Photographs soon appeared on various social media sites, sickening sights of the statue on the ground with just a foot left in place. Local residents and tourist alike were angry and sad that this could have happened, and questioned why anyone would want to do this.
The police announced that they had arrested a local male on charges of attempted theft, but this could not heal the harm already caused to the seaside town.
The statue is now being repaired and will hopefully be back where it belongs soon.
Eric Statue Broken
Posted: 11th October 2014
Reports are just coming in that the Eric Morecambe statue has been vandalised, and has been removed. Photographs on twitter from The Visitor newspaper show the statue on the ground apparently snapped at the ankle. This is sad news, and we hope to get more details as soon as we can.
It now seems it was an attempted theft and a man is being held by the police.
Top Of The Pile
Posted: 22nd April 2014
Eric and Ernie have been voted best human British pairing, beaten to the top spot by food. In the poll, commissioned by chocolate makers Elizabeth Shaw, the top two spots were taken by Fish and Chips and Tea and Biscuits followed by Morecambe and Wise at number three.
The full top ten were; Fish & chips,Tea & biscuits, Morecambe & Wise, Bacon & eggs, Roast beef & Yorkshire pudding, Sausage & mash, The Two Ronnies, Strawberries & cream, Sherlock Holmes and Watson and Marks & Spencer.