Eric Morecambe exhibitions to open on comedian's 90th birthday

Two new exhibitions celebrating the life of Eric Morecambe will open on what would have been his 90th birthday.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 13th May 2016, 6:02 am
Eric Morecambe receiving an honorary degree in literature from Lancaster University in 1979
Eric Morecambe receiving an honorary degree in literature from Lancaster University in 1979

‘Bring Me Sunshine: the Laughs and Legacy of Eric Morecambe’ will open at Lancaster City Museum and ‘The Art Show Wot We Did’ will open at Morecambe Library this Saturday (May 14).

The museum display features some special pieces from Eric’s family’s personal collection. Some of the objects have never been on display before.

They include a pair of Eric’s spectacles, his typewriter, top hat, fishing rods and flies, Charlie, the ventriloquist’s dummy and Mr. M’s Glamour Kit from the personal 
collection of Eric’s family.

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The two stage suits worn by Eric and Ernie Wise when they performed a comedy routine with Sir Tom Jones, loaned from the Victoria and Albert Museum, will also be on display. Lancashire County Council’s head of libraries, museums, culture and registrar’s service, Julie Bell, said: it would be a “great exhibition for visitors who appreciate the humour of Morecambe and Wise”. The exhibition runs until Sunday July 10. Entry to the museum is free.

Opening times are 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Gail Stuart, Eric Morecambe’s daughter, will attend both exhibitions over the weekend.

Organisers of ‘The Art Show Wot We Did’ are looking for selfie photos to include in the display which opens at Morecambe Library on Saturday. All you have to do is take a selfie photo with the Eric statue and share it on twitter or instagram with the #EricMorecambeSelfie hashtag. The best will appear in the exhibition.

‘The Art Show Wot We Done’ runs until July 16. It is organised by Morecambe Artist Colony and includes new paintings, art photography, 3D objects including ceramics and digital work, and a hunt the clues quiz for children. All the exhibits have been inspired by Eric’s life.