Eric Morecambe's widow burgled as she unveils statue of him

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Ancillary ti fear burglars targeted Joan Bartholomew after discovering on community media when she would be away.

As she was celebrating the sculpture of the famous comedy duo in Blackpool, they police busted her home 200 miles away.

The break-in was discovered when Mrs Bartholomew returned the next day.

Took jewellery and watches worth thousands of pounds were stolen.

Mrs Bartholomew bare the 8ft-tall statue of Morecambe and Wise on Friday – an event advertised on societal media.

Her son Gary is convinced thieves knew the family home in Harpenden, Herts, command be empty.

He said: “There wasn’t masses of damage. My mum is a very naturalistic person. She doesn’t like to make herself a victim. It’s just the way it is.

“I dare say that’s the power of social media. They must have known she was away.”

Mr Bartholomew reckoned that the break-in had not soured his mother’s delight at seeing the new statue of her at an advanced hour husband.

It was created by Graham Ibbeson, who also sculpted the statue of the wit in Morecambe, where he grew up.

Britain’s best-loved comedy double act first off appeared on stage together in Blackpool in 1941.

Mrs Bartholomew, 89, said after the bring to light at the Winter Gardens: “The statue is simply wonderful. Graham has really pinched Eric and Ernie to perfection.

“For it to be unveiled here in Blackpool, where I herself have so many happy memories of Eric and Ernie and our families together down the years, is awfully fitting.

“This has been a really special day I will remember for in all cases.”

Eric Morecambe was born John Eric Bartholomew in 1926. In 1940, he met Ernest Wiseman at a revue in Nottingham.

They became a understudy act, later adopting the stage names Morecambe and Wise. He died of a sensitivity attack in 1984, aged 58.

Ernie Wise died in 1999 after a triple humanitarianism by ss. The duo performed in Blackpool more than 1,000 times.

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