Morecambe cafe inspired Victoria Wood sketch

Picture shows: (l-r) JIM MOIR as George, VICTORIA WOOD as Sadie in the Morecambe and Wise comedy which was screened in 2010.
Picture shows: (l-r) JIM MOIR as George, VICTORIA WOOD as Sadie in the Morecambe and Wise comedy which was screened in 2010.

Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer.

The actress, who lived in Morecambe, Lancaster and Silverdale, died at home in London surrounded by her family.

An old newspaper cutting of a young Victoria Wood on Morecambe promenade. The caption with the picture read: "I don't want to be the feminist comedienne. I just want to make a good joke."

An old newspaper cutting of a young Victoria Wood on Morecambe promenade. The caption with the picture read: "I don't want to be the feminist comedienne. I just want to make a good joke."

Her publicist, Neil Reading, said: “Victoria Wood has sadly passed away, after a short but brave battle with cancer.”

The famous Victoria Wood comedy sketch where the dippy waitress serves “Two soups!” to two impatient customers was said to have been inspired by Lubin’s cafe in Morecambe.

During interviews, Victoria and Julie Walters have said they drew inspiration from a very traditional cafe in the north of England, where the elderly waitresses wore black and white - like Lubin’s cafe.

In 2006, staff at Lubin’s recreated the ‘Two soups’ scene in front of a BBC film crew for a new documentary on the history of British comedy which featured Victoria Wood.

Victoria Wood was a regular customer at Lubin’s cafe, which is currently closed.

Victoria used to live in Morecambe.

She had a flat on Oxford Street off Poulton Road for a few years in the late 70s and early 80s, where she lived with Geoffrey Durham (TV magician The Great Soprendo) who became her husband.

She also wrote her first TV play, Talent, in their Morecambe flat.

They were married at Lancaster Registry Office in 1980.

She returned to Morecambe in 2010 to film a new BBC drama about the young career of Eric Morecambe.

The 90 minute drama, conceived by Victoria who also played Eric Morecambe’s mother Sadie, followed the stories of Eric and Ernie from their initial meeting when they were just 13 to their tours of the theatres on the children’s entertainment circuit.

She completed the cross bay walk with Cedric Robinson, following in the footsteps of other stars including Melvyn Bragg.

Former Visitor and Lancaster Guardian photographer Darren Andrews paid tribute to Victoria Wood saying: “Beat me on the bottom with the Woman’s Weekly”. One of the best lines ever in music. She bought a print off me a few years ago, and insisted on paying me twice what I asked for. Comedy legend, one of Lancashire’s finest.”

Wood was well known for her comedy series Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV, as well as her role in sitcom Dinnerladies and her TV special Victoria Wood With All The Trimmings.

In 2006, she won two Bafta awards for acting and writing for her drama Housewife, 49, an adaptation of the diaries of Nella Last.

In 1997, she was made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and was then made a CBE in 2008.