OBE for Eric Morecambe’s widow

Eric Morecambe's widow Joan with the statue.
Eric Morecambe's widow Joan with the statue.

Eric Morecambe’s widow has been awarded an OBE for her charity work.

Joan Bartholomew (formerly Morecambe), who raises funds for children with disabilities and Save the Children as well as being an ambassador for the Girl Guides, said she was “surprised... but terribly flattered” by the honour.

She said: “Over the years I have recommended a couple of people but I never ever thought about it for myself.”

Her late husband Eric Morecambe was appointed OBE along with his comedy partner Ernie Wise in 1976 and Joan believes he would be “absolutely thrilled” by her becoming one too.