Painting of Eric Morecambe to be unveiled by his family

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The wife and daughter of comedy legend Eric Morecambe will attend the unveiling of a new portrait of the famous comedian by a boxer and professional artist.

The painting by Rob Newbiggin will be revealed at Morecambe Town Hall on Friday, August 14 between noon and 2pm.

Gail says that in terms of importance this portrait is up there with the iconic statue of her father that sits on the promenade.

Rob Newbiggin

Eric’s wife Joan, daughter Gail, and Coun Jon Barry, mayor of Lancaster, will be present.

Joan and Gail will be driven from the Midland Hotel in Eric’s restored vintage Rolls Royce by the comic’s former chauffeur, Mike Fountain.

Carnforth singer Ashleigh Wood will also perform her version of Morecambe and Wise’s famous tune ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ and there will be a drinks reception in the Mayor’s Parlour afterwards.

Rob’s Eric Morecambe portrait will go on permanent display in Morecambe Town Hall and be available to view by the public for years to come.

Rob, from Morecambe, said: “Gail says that in terms of importance this portrait is up there with the iconic statue of her father that sits on the promenade.

“She gave me a photograph of her father, taken three weeks before he died.

“From this I’ve tried to produce a personal portrait of Eric the family man, husband, father and regular citizen other than the expected Eric, the comedian.

“I hope it achieves national acclaim.”