Showbiz legends unveiled in Morecambe town centre

Crowds flocked to the street pARTy festival in Morecambe where they saw the new graffiti art of Victoria Wood. Picture by Bean Photo.
Crowds flocked to the street pARTy festival in Morecambe where they saw the new graffiti art of Victoria Wood. Picture by Bean Photo.

Famous faces from Morecambe’s showbiz past were at the heart of a big art-inspired event in our town.

Mosaics of Morecambe-born actress Dame Thora Hird and actor Sir Laurence Olivier when he appeared in Morecambe-based film The Entertainer, and graffiti art of Victoria Wood who lived in Morecambe during the 70s and 80s, have been created by top artists on hoardings outside the former Crystal T’s nightclub.

Families enjoying the festival on Saturday. Picture by Bean Photo.

Families enjoying the festival on Saturday. Picture by Bean Photo.

They were finished in time for a festival held to celebrate recent work to improve the look of the street and the town centre.

The mosaics were created by leading Manchester artist Mark Kennedy.

He has also produced similar mosaics of Eric Morecambe, as well as longtime Morecambe panto dame Ronne Coyles and the late comedian Albert Modley, who lived in the town.

They will be unveiled at a later date.

Graffiti artist Rocket01 from Sheffield is behind the Victoria Wood piece.

The showbiz legends were revealed to crowds at Saturday’s street pARTy festival where families took part in arty activities on Victoria Street.

Other street artworks on Victoria Street include a celebration of Morecambe sporting figures on the wall of Colin Brown’s hairdressers, and a colourful revamp of the windows of St Laurence’s Church.

Street pARTy was funded by Arts Council England, Morecambe Town Council and Portas Pilot Town Team, sponsored by Arndale Centre Morecambe and produced by Deco Publique.