Morecambe and Wise heritage trail launches at historic club

Photo Neil Cross Jubilee Working Mens Club president Dave Miller with the plaque to mark the beginning of the Morecambe and Wise heritage trail, on the stage where Eric Morecambe had his first paid performance as a child

Photo Neil Cross Jubilee Working Mens Club president Dave Miller with the plaque to mark the beginning of the Morecambe and Wise heritage trail, on the stage where Eric Morecambe had his first paid performance as a child

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The first in a series of Morecambe and Wise heritage plaques has been awarded to the place where Eric had his first paid gig.

Jubilee Club president Dave Miller is seen proudly holding the bronze piece created by Graham Ibbeson, sculptor of the Eric Morecambe Statue.

The plaque forms part of a new heritage trail paying tribute to the much-loved comedy pair.

Ten plaques will be unveiled in Morecambe over the coming months.

The Morecambe and Wise Heritage Trail was created to give something back to the town after the disappointment of news that an Eric and Ernie 7ft high bronze monument will be unveiled in Blackpool, not Morecambe as originally planned.

The Jubilee also hosted a heat of a Search for A Comedy Star contest organised by Jim Cadman, the entrepreneur behind the Heritage Trail.

The winner was Bournemouth comic John Lory. The Grand Final will be at the Globe Arena on Saturday, April 23. The winner will appear at a variety show at Blackpool Opera House in July to mark the 75th anniversary of Eric and Ernie forming their double act.