A memorial to legendary actress Dame Thora Hird has been unveiled in her birthplace.
Thora was born in Morecambe in 1911 and her dad James was the manager of the Royalty Theatre, where Thora made her theatrical debut at just two months old in a play directed by her dad.
She went on to have a diverse acting career, starring in TV sitcoms such as Last of the Summer Wine and playwright Alan Bennett’s celebrated Talking Heads TV plays.
She won three Baftas and became a Dame in 1993 to honour her work.
A plaque was unveiled yesterday to Dame Thora outside the Eric Bartholomew pub in Morecambe.
Inside the Wetherspoons-run pub, there will be a photographic tribute to Dame Thora’s career.
Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris cut the ribbon. He said: “After my campaign and Parliamentary motion to have Dame Thora Hird honoured with a plaque in London, it became apparent that there is support to have Dame Thora honoured here in Morecambe.
“The Eric Bartholomew is named after Eric Morecambe and stands very close to where Thora was born. I approached Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson who very quickly agreed to the idea.”
Mr Hutson said: “We are delighted to play our part in this excellent tribute to Dame Thora Hird.
“The Eric Bartholomew is at the heart of Morecambe’s social scene and I am sure that customers and passers-by will welcome the plaque.”