(via Fans bring sunshine to Morecambe in Eric’s sorry absence - ITV News)

Eric Morecambe fans have been performing a seaside stand-up routine to fill in for their absent hero after his statue was vandalised in an attempted theft.

A right foot is all that remains of the comedian’s bronze figure, which was unveiled by the Queen in 1999, after the failed attempt to cut through one of the statue’s legs at the weekend.

It meant visitors to the spot on Morecambe’s Marine Road Central took it in turns to adopt the famous ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ pose while the statue is being repaired, as ITV News Correspondent Debi Edward reports.

(via Fans bring sunshine to Morecambe in Eric’s sorry absence - ITV News)

Eric Morecambe fans have been performing a seaside stand-up routine to fill in for their absent hero after his statue was vandalised in an attempted theft.

A right foot is all that remains of the comedian’s bronze figure, which was unveiled by the Queen in 1999, after the failed attempt to cut through one of the statue’s legs at the weekend.

It meant visitors to the spot on Morecambe’s Marine Road Central took it in turns to adopt the famous ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ pose while the statue is being repaired, as ITV News Correspondent Debi Edward reports.

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My tablet has shat. Expect no more drawings from me for the foreseeable. I was working on this when it goosed, so here he is in his unfinished glory. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT SO FAR?"RUBBISH!"

ruubzway:

My tablet has shat. Expect no more drawings from me for the foreseeable. I was working on this when it goosed, so here he is in his unfinished glory. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT SO FAR?

"RUBBISH!"

(via No laughing matter as Eric Morecambe’s statue vandalised - Telegraph)

What would Eric Morecambe say? Probably that he didn’t have a leg to stand on.

A 32-year-old man was arrested in the Lancashire town of Morecambe yesterday after an attempt was made to steal a statue of the town’s most famous son - by sawing through its leg.

Police were called to Marine Road Central following reports that the statue of Eric Morecambe had been damaged in an attempt to steal it.
The statue, which has now been removed to repair the damage, took sculptor Graham Ibbeson six years to complete and captured the comedian in his famous pose, with one hand raised and a leg cocked.

The theme tune of the Morecambe and Wise TV show, Bring Me Sunshine, was played over loudspeakers as thousands of fans attended the unveiling of the statue by the Queen in 1999. and the statue has been a popular tourist attraction ever since, with many posing for photographs next to it in the same Bring Me Sunshine pose.

The comic, born John Eric Bartholomew, was born in Morecambe in 1926 and used his home town for his stage surname. He died on May 28, 1984 after collapsing on stage with a heart attack.

Speaking at the unveiling of the statue, his widow Joan said: “I think Eric would have been staggered. You think in terms of buildings or streets being named after you, but a statue? Not for a comic.”

For Morecambe’s admirers the vandalism of his statue is no laughing matter.
The British Comedy Society tweeted: “We’re very distressed to hear this news. What an awful thing to have happened,” while the official Morecambe FC Twitter feed said: “Unbelievable that the Eric Morecambe statue has been vandalised. Let’s get him back where he belongs.”

Only the statue’s standing foot remains after the rest of it was placed face down in the back of a council van and driven away for repairs.
Mark Cullinan, chief executive of Lancaster City Council, said: “When we got to the site it was clear someone had sawed through most of Eric’s leg and then left him like that. When we inspected it we knew we couldn’t repair it at the site.

“We’re removing him in a van and taking him to a safe and secure place, and will work with the sculptor to get him back as soon as possible.”
Sgt John Bond said: “We are in the early stages of our investigation and I would urge anyone who may have seen what happened or has any information to get in touch with police.”

(via No laughing matter as Eric Morecambe’s statue vandalised - Telegraph)

What would Eric Morecambe say? Probably that he didn’t have a leg to stand on.

A 32-year-old man was arrested in the Lancashire town of Morecambe yesterday after an attempt was made to steal a statue of the town’s most famous son - by sawing through its leg.

Police were called to Marine Road Central following reports that the statue of Eric Morecambe had been damaged in an attempt to steal it.
The statue, which has now been removed to repair the damage, took sculptor Graham Ibbeson six years to complete and captured the comedian in his famous pose, with one hand raised and a leg cocked.

The theme tune of the Morecambe and Wise TV show, Bring Me Sunshine, was played over loudspeakers as thousands of fans attended the unveiling of the statue by the Queen in 1999. and the statue has been a popular tourist attraction ever since, with many posing for photographs next to it in the same Bring Me Sunshine pose.

The comic, born John Eric Bartholomew, was born in Morecambe in 1926 and used his home town for his stage surname. He died on May 28, 1984 after collapsing on stage with a heart attack.

Speaking at the unveiling of the statue, his widow Joan said: “I think Eric would have been staggered. You think in terms of buildings or streets being named after you, but a statue? Not for a comic.”

For Morecambe’s admirers the vandalism of his statue is no laughing matter.
The British Comedy Society tweeted: “We’re very distressed to hear this news. What an awful thing to have happened,” while the official Morecambe FC Twitter feed said: “Unbelievable that the Eric Morecambe statue has been vandalised. Let’s get him back where he belongs.”

Only the statue’s standing foot remains after the rest of it was placed face down in the back of a council van and driven away for repairs.
Mark Cullinan, chief executive of Lancaster City Council, said: “When we got to the site it was clear someone had sawed through most of Eric’s leg and then left him like that. When we inspected it we knew we couldn’t repair it at the site.

“We’re removing him in a van and taking him to a safe and secure place, and will work with the sculptor to get him back as soon as possible.”
Sgt John Bond said: “We are in the early stages of our investigation and I would urge anyone who may have seen what happened or has any information to get in touch with police.”

The 1968 Jensen Interceptor Mk 1 had to be driven to hospital by a young soldier after Eric had a mild heart attack driving through Batley in Leeds, as discussed on Parkinson featuring Morecambe and Wise years ago.

The car was bought by a Belgian car enthusiast and lovingly restored to be sold by Richard Appleyard Engineering Parts Ltd, Jensen car specialists based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. The new owners of the car are Silverstone Auctions.

The car left the Jensen factory on Kelvin Way, West Bromwich, on September 23, 1968 and was delivered to its very first owner, Eric Morecambe.

Included with the car which was sold was the factory history file and the book “Driving Mr Morecambe” by Eric’s chauffeur Mike Fountain which features the Jensen.

Mike Fountain, Eric’s chaffeur, said: “It’s a beautiful car, if I had the money I’d buy it myself.

“Eric used to sit screwed up in the back. I believe a Jensen will be featured in the next James Bond film.”

theravenclawcompanion:

Morecambe & Wise - Peter Cushing Won’t Give Up

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Ernie Wise 5.10.1988

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Ernie Wise 5.10.1988

akahades:

I love how even when he’s doing it as a gag, you can see Ernie Wise is a dancer. The movements are so natural.

shepherdanimations:

Morecambe & Wise doodle. 
Been watching Best Of clips on iPlayer lately, can’t express how heart-warming it feels to watch these guys, having grown up watching them all dang day.

shepherdanimations:

Morecambe & Wise doodle. 

Been watching Best Of clips on iPlayer lately, can’t express how heart-warming it feels to watch these guys, having grown up watching them all dang day.

Stan McMurtry (MAC) cartoon of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise that was published in the Daily Mail. Apparently the original of this was sent to Ernie’s wife. Aww. 

Stan McMurtry (MAC) cartoon of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise that was published in the Daily Mail. Apparently the original of this was sent to Ernie’s wife. Aww. 

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