Lancashire

Eric Morecambe's life celebrated in Lancashire art exhibition

Eric Morecambe statue
Image caption The Eric Morecambe statue on the seafront of his hometown

An art exhibition celebrating the life of Eric Morecambe is set to open on what would have been his 90th birthday.

The Art Show Wot We Done event at Morecambe Library runs from 14 May until 9 July and will feature art "inspired" by the TV comedian.

Organisers Morecambe Artist Colony asked 150 artists to submit work but say anyone can send in "Eric artwork".

The event coincides with an exhibition about the Morecambe-born entertainer at Lancaster's City Museum from 14 May.

The display in Lancaster runs until 10 July and marks the 75th anniversary of when Morecambe and comedy partner Ernie Wise first performed together.

It will include memorabilia from their successful 43-year double act on TV, radio and stage.

Image caption Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise and composer Andre Previn in a sketch on The Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show in 1971. Morecambe told Previn: 'I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order'

Sian Johnson, one of the organisers of the Morecambe art show, said: "Eric is very important to the town - he's our lad.

"I think people will get a lot of pleasure from the exhibition: it's a new way of looking at his life.

"The art will be spread around the library and will also include people's "selfies" at Eric's statue on the prom.

"I think it's the most-loved statue in Britain."

The Art Show Wot We Done exhibition is at Morecambe Library from 14 May until 9 July. Free entry.


Morecambe and Wise

Image caption Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise first met in 1940
  • Born John Eric Bartholomew, Morecambe formed a much-loved double act with Ernie Wise on stage and television
  • Their Christmas specials were a highlight of the festive period, attracting more than 27 million viewers in 1977
  • Their partnership lasted from 1941 until Morecambe's death in 1984
  • Morecambe died after collapsing on stage with his third heart attack shortly after his 58th birthday
  • Wise died in 1999 aged 73, a few months before the statue of Morecambe was officially unveiled in his hometown by the Queen
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Image caption The Queen unveiled the memorial to the late star on Morecambe Promenade in July 1999

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