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Work to improve Morecambe's view

Eric Morecmabe statue
Eric Morecambe's statue was unveiled ten years ago

The view from the statue of comedian Eric Morecambe in his home town is to be improved with lottery funding.

Morecambe's art deco seafront and Victorian shop fronts are set for a makeover with the help of investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The "A View for Eric", project has been awarded £923,000 and Lancaster City Council must now secure funding to match the grant.

It is 10 years since the tribute to the comic was unveiled by The Queen.

The council hopes regeneration of the town will help complement the views of Morecambe Bay.

An initial phase of work in the resort saw the restoration of listed buildings including the Midland Hotel and Mona House.

Mr Morecambe's son Gary said: "I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has realised the importance of improving the art deco buildings of Morecambe which have become a unique feature and attraction in the resort.

"I am sure my father would have been thrilled with the news that his statue was set to behold a view from the front which will, in time, be as astonishing as the one behind him.

"This is probably the best 'anniversary' gift he could have received."

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