We went on an Eric Morecambe trail starting with a full English at a shrine to the comic legend

The statue of Eric Morecambe looking towards Eric's Cafe
-Credit: (Image: LancsLive)


These days the town of Morecambe might be more widely associated by younger generations with celebrities including Tyson Fury and the Radford Family.

But back in the 1920s the seaside town's future was forever to be known as being the birthplace of one of the world's most iconic and recognisable comedians - and so great was his love for his hometown he even changed his name.

John Eric Bartholomew, as he was named at birth, was born on May 14, 1926, in his aunt's home in Buxton Street. The budding entertainer started stage school aged 11 at the Jubilee Club, in Torrisholme, and reportedly won so many talent shows he was banned from entering.

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Morecambe and Wise (Ernest Wiseman) first appeared together at the Liverpool Empire in 1941 and in 1948, when he was 22, Eric's mum Sadie encouraged him to change his name because she considered Bartholomew to be unsuitable for theatrical bills.

In the late 90s a series of yellow plaques were installed by the Eric and Ernie Fan Club on buildings which played a key role in Erice's life. These include the former home of his aunt, where Eric was born, and his family home where he lived from 1927 to 1952.

The house in Buxton Street where Eric was born
The house in Buxton Street where Eric was born -Credit:LancsLive

On Morecambe's iconic promenade there are several nods to the town's famous son. These include Eric's Café which prompted me to embark on a pilgrimage of sorts. The café is almost like a shrine to Eric with countless books dotted around to read while you eat.

I treated myself to a full English with a pot of tea ££11.95) while I planned my tour of Morecambe to visit some of the places which played a pivotal role in Eric's life. This hearty start to a tour of the town would no doubt have been approved of by the legendary comic.

The full English at Eric's Cafe
The full English at Eric's Cafe -Credit:LancsLive

The Eric Morecambe trail: Places to visit

House where he was born

His aunt's home in 42 Buxton Street, Morecambe.

House where he grew up

43 Christie Avenue, Morecambe.

The house where Eric lived between 1927 and 1952
The house where Eric lived between 1927 and 1952 -Credit:LancsLive

His first school

Lancaster Road Primary School, Morecambe.

Stage school

Jubilee Club, Slyne Road, Torrisholme.

One of his first gigs

Odeon Cinema, Euston Road, Morecambe (now Homemakers One Stop).

Statue

A larger-than-life statue, created by sculptor Graham Ibbeson, was unveiled by the Queen Elizabeth II on the promenade in Morecambe in July 1999. The sculpture shows Morecambe in his iconic pose with visitors regularly having their picture taken next to it while copying the one-legged pose.

Café

Eric's Café is situated on the promenade directly opposite the statue of Morecambe.

Eric's Cafe is located opposite the statue on the Promenade
Eric's Cafe is located opposite the statue on the Promenade -Credit:LancsLive

Pub

J D Wetherspoon opened a public house called The Eric Bartholomew in Morecambe in 2004.

Bird hide

There is a bird hide named after Morecambe at Leighton Moss RSPB reserve near Carnforth.