See long-lost photos of Harpenden comedy hero Eric Morecambe
PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 July 2018
Thirty-four years after his tragic death, a wealth of previously unseen photos of legendary Harpenden funnyman Eric Morecambe have been published for the first time.
The images came from the private collection of late Herts newspaper photographer Tony “Greg” Gregory, and were given to us by his widow Hazel after his death.
They cover the 1970s and 1980s, and include candid pictures of the comedian meeting members of the public and at the wedding of his daughter Gail.
The collection, which also features pictures of Eric with comedy partner Ernie Wise, are being published for the first time to celebrate the launch of Enjoy Harpenden More.
Eric, who lived in the town from the 1960s until his death in 1984, is remembered in the Public Halls and with a plaque in St Nicholas’ churchyard.
Because newspapers of the period would often only use one image, the majority of these pictures have never been printed before.
Eric’s legacy lives on in Harpenden, with the town’s public halls named after him and his portrait hanging in the foyer.
A metal silhouette of the comedian can also be found in the Lea Valley Walk between Luton and Harpenden.
Local actor Bob Golding appeared as Eric in Tim Whitnall’s play Morecambe, which he performed before members of the comedy legend’s family on the stage of the Alban Arena in 2014.
He was overjoyed to see these new pictures made available for the first time.
“It’s so heartwarming to see these pics as they show Eric unmistakably in Harpenden with Harpenden people doing what he did best. Making people howl with laughter.
“Try looking at these photographs without smiling. It’s impossible.”
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