Morecombe 2

The lone man in the theatre, conjured up this image

Of a man, who made us laugh, and was loved by all.

He told the story of Eric and his partner Ern,

On this stage, where the great man died.


He made us laugh, he made us cry,

As he told the story of Morecombe,

Nee Bartholomew and Wise, nee Wiseman,

Who still make me laugh, with their timeless humour.


“I’m playing all the RIGHT notes,

But NOT necessarily in the RIGHT order”

Lines that will be remembered through history

As they were recalled once again


The memory of Andre Preview, jumping up and down,

And not laughing at this bespectacled clown.

The orchestra finding it difficult to play,

As the tears of laughter ran down their faces.


The breakfast being prepared to that

Tune that conjures up such risqué images.

And has the actor, of Hammer Horror films,

Received his pay cheque yet?


So many memories of a funny man

And yet, the man that many did not see.

“If we made you laugh – that’s good;

If we made you care – that’s better”


The man whose view on life was

“Positive Thinking”

And always left the stage bringing sunshine

Into our lives.


The curtain closes on the lone man on the stage

And on Eric at the place he left this world.

The actor and writer came back to answer questions

About the funny man.


Then from the audience came another;

Eric’s daughter, so strong of character

Listening to her father’s life,

In the place, where he had died.


And from this woman came the lines

That brought me many more tears.

Her son asking her the question, that I will never forget

“Does this mean that there will be no more magic?”


  • Michael Edwards

    Yes a great man so sadly missed - there are no comedians around today who have achieved his ( or should I say their) level of entertainment.

    • Goldfinch60

      Very true Michael, they were so very good.


    • orchidee

      Well, there ain't been much more comedy since he departed.
      When they say 'New comedy show soon' on telly, I keep yelling 'Where is it?' to the screen! lol.
      We settle for repeats on channels, from the 70's or 80's. Some are really good. With today's shows I say 'Laugh? I never started'. Stand-up comedians are the worst nightmare.

      • Goldfinch60

        You are right Orchi comedy is not what it was.


      • Robert Haigh

        Eric and Ernie -- the best comedy duo of all time, in my opinion. Eric had great comedic timing, and Ernie was the perfect foil (or fool -- in a good way). The duo were, and are, timeless. My parents loved them and so did I . I still do. I love to see the old comedy sketches re-run on TV. I remember all the ones you mention in your poem. A fine tribute!

        • Goldfinch60

          Thank you Robert, I remember a few years ago when one of my granddaughters was about twelve or thirteen I put one of their shows on the video and she just laughed her head off. Their humour is timeless.


        • dusk arising

          No one can write them like wot you wrote!
          Get out of that.... you can't can you.

          • Goldfinch60

            Which play what I wrote are you talking about, I writ so many?


          • The Uneducated O.A.P

            And how we looked forward to the Christmas specials.
            Some TV adverts are funnier than today's unfunnymen.

            • Goldfinch60

              Yes so many people watched their Christmas Specials and there last Christmas special was watched by over 28,000,000 people.


            • ANGELA & BRIAN

              Very true Uncle Andy ~ *Without them there will be no more Magic* We saw a Touring Pair doing an Eric & Ernie Show last Year in a local Theatre. The FUN was there but not the FLAVOUR ! Ernie never really worked again after ERIC died ~ You cant have ONE without the OTHER. Angela & I play the Breakfast Sketch - each morning - but NOT DELIBERATE LY ! *All the right notes ......... !* is our favourite !

              Blessings & Peace to You & Yours
              LOVE Angela Brian Smokey ! ! !

              • Goldfinch60

                Thank you A and B, they were such a special comedy duo.


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