Campaign for Thora Hird statue in Morecambe gets TV boost


February 19, 2020

An appeal to raise £92,000 for a statue of Morecambe's favourite daughter is gathering momentum.

The campaign for a monument to popular actress and comedian Dame Thora Hird was given a major boost when ITV Granada Reports featured it on last night's programme.

Campaigners want to build the statue near the Arndale Centre close to the old Royalty Theatre where Thora made her stage debut as a girl. 

She went on to star in many TV shows and films, most notably the sitcoms 'In Loving Memory', 'Hallelujah' and 'Last of the Summer Wine', and Morecambe-based film 'The Entertainer' alongside Sir Laurence Olivier.

Thora, who was born in Morecambe in 1911 and died in 2003, was also a three-times Best Actress BAFTA award winner for her roles in 'Talking Heads: A Cream Cracker Under the Settee', 'Talking Heads: Waiting for the Telegram' and 'Lost for Words'.

Christine Stebbing from Morecambe Heritage Centre, who heads the campaign, said Thora's granddaughter Daisy Torme has backed the appeal.

"There aren't that many female statues in the country but I think it's time we had a statue for Thora," she said.

"We did a survey in our centre a few years ago and the support was absolutely outstanding."

The planned statue would depict Thora sitting in a deckchair with another deckchair alongside her, so people can have their photo taken with the star. 

The Morecambe Heritage Centre team will also apply for Arts Council and Heritage Lottery funding, as well as raising cash from public donations.

You can donate at https://uk.gofundme.com/f/thora-hird-statue?fbclid=IwAR1fCzh33lR0Yo_upY0Sr2M2mjsrvtflOtc7HK8OkK5n3W-3I1720zMNQKg

And you can find out more about the appeal at http://www.thorahirdstatue.co.uk/