|Photo courtesy Lancaster City Council|
Morecambe's tribute to its most famous son has returned home today, following repair work.
The statue, which was vandalised in October, has been undergoing intensive repair work at a London foundry overseen by its creator, Graham Ibbeson.
The statue was returned to its rightful place watched over by the late comedian’s wife, Joan, son Gary and daughter Gail.
It was a particularly poignant moment for Joan as the date marked what would have been the couple’s 62nd wedding anniversary.
Councillor Ron Sands, Cabinet member with responsibility for tourism, said: “Morecambe hasn’t felt quite the same without Eric and it’s as if Christmas has come early.
“He’s looking brand new and our thanks go to Graham and the foundry for making the repairs so quickly.
“You really are unable to tell that any damage was caused and that’s a testament to the skill, expertise and attention that Eric has been given while away on his travels.”
To celebrate the statue’s return, Lancaster City Council is planning to hold a civic event on 14th March next year.
The date has been chosen to coincide with Comic Relief and the council hopes to pay tribute to Eric’s memory while providing the opportunity for people to raise money for charity at the same time.
“I think we’ve all realised just how lucky we all are to be associated with Eric Morecambe and it’s important now that we celebrate all he has brought to his home town,” Coun Sands added.
“Eric was voted the funniest person of the 20th century so what better way to honour his legacy at an event that celebrates the good that comedy can do for society.”
Details of the event will be announced nearer the time.