Comedians Eric Morecambe, left, and Ernie Wise in a scene from their film The Intelligence Men, 12 March 1965. (via Press Association Images)

Comedians Eric Morecambe, left, and Ernie Wise in a scene from their film The Intelligence Men, 12 March 1965. (via Press Association Images)

Eric Morecambe and Eric Wise at the Society of Film and Television Arts Limited Annual Awards presentation dinner in London, where they received from the society’s president, Princess Anne, the award for the Best Light Entertainment Performance for The morecambe and Wise television show, 6 March 1974. (via Press Association Images)

Eric Morecambe and Eric Wise at the Society of Film and Television Arts Limited Annual Awards presentation dinner in London, where they received from the society’s president, Princess Anne, the award for the Best Light Entertainment Performance for The morecambe and Wise television show, 6 March 1974. (via Press Association Images)

Eric Morecambe wears the England International Football cap won by Billy Wright 25 years ago due to be auctioned in London to aid the Police Dependants Trust at a Variety Club of Great Britain Lunch at the Sportsman in Tottenham Court Road, London, 17 September 1976. (via Press Association Images)

Eric Morecambe wears the England International Football cap won by Billy Wright 25 years ago due to be auctioned in London to aid the Police Dependants Trust at a Variety Club of Great Britain Lunch at the Sportsman in Tottenham Court Road, London, 17 September 1976. (via Press Association Images)

Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe with the stars of their Christmas special - (l-r) John Thaw, Kate O’Mara and Denis Waterman. (via Press Association Images)

Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe with the stars of their Christmas special - (l-r) John Thaw, Kate O’Mara and Denis Waterman. (via Press Association Images)

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise visit their statue at the British Genius Exhibition, 4 August 1977. (via Press Association Images)

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise visit their statue at the British Genius Exhibition, 4 August 1977. (via Press Association Images)

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise pose in police helmets following the announcement that they are leaving the BBC and have signed a contract with Thames Television, 27 January 1978. (via Press Association Images)

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise pose in police helmets following the announcement that they are leaving the BBC and have signed a contract with Thames Television, 27 January 1978. (via Press Association Images)

At Eric’s home in Harpenden. (via Press Association Images)

At Eric’s home in Harpenden. (via Press Association Images)

At Eric’s home in Harpenden, 5 August 1979. (via Press Association Images)

At Eric’s home in Harpenden, 5 August 1979. (via Press Association Images)

Comedian and Vice President of Luton Town football club Eric Morecambe with model Jackie Jones wear the club’s new strip with new sponsors Tricentrol Cars at their Kenilworth Ground in Luton, 27 February 1980. (via Press Association Images)

Comedian and Vice President of Luton Town football club Eric Morecambe with model Jackie Jones wear the club’s new strip with new sponsors Tricentrol Cars at their Kenilworth Ground in Luton, 27 February 1980. (via Press Association Images)

Comedians Ernie Wise, left, and Eric Morecambe go nautical for the day at Earl’s Court in London, where they were opening the 27th London International Boat Show, 8 january 1981. (via Press Association Images)

Comedians Ernie Wise, left, and Eric Morecambe go nautical for the day at Earl’s Court in London, where they were opening the 27th London International Boat Show, 8 january 1981. (via Press Association Images)

Comedy duo Eric Morecambe, right, and Ernie Wise try out new sleeperseats, which British Airways is installing for all first-class passengers on their jumbo jets. 4 January 1981. (via Press Association Images)

Comedy duo Eric Morecambe, right, and Ernie Wise try out new sleeperseats, which British Airways is installing for all first-class passengers on their jumbo jets. 4 January 1981. (via Press Association Images)

The last picture of Eric Morecambe on stage. He was performing an encore with Stan Stennett (centre) and a group of musicians at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury, before he retired to the wings and collapsed. It was his first professional appearance without Ernie Wise for 40 years. (via Press Association Images)

The last picture of Eric Morecambe on stage. He was performing an encore with Stan Stennett (centre) and a group of musicians at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury, before he retired to the wings and collapsed. It was his first professional appearance without Ernie Wise for 40 years. (via Press Association Images)

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