Bring Me Sunshine    

Morecambe & Wise are a well-known comedy duo here in the UK and I have fond memories of watching their famous TV shows. So you can imagine my delight when we heard their songs outside the Winter Gardens whilst we were shopping in town. On investigating, the music led us to a wonderful bronze statue of them both that has been unveiled in the foyer. This inspired me to create a journal page of them that includes the title of their signature song “Bring Me Sunshine”.

Having quoted this song on my page, I’m linking to the “Poetry in Motion” theme over at Art Journal Journey. Hope you’ll join in the fun too by creating a page that is inspired by a poem, saying or quote (maybe from your favourite song).

I started by stamping a star burst stamp onto the middle of the page using grey Memento Ink and extending the starburst sun pattern using a ruler and pencil. Then I painted alternating sections with a yellow and then a gold Spectrum Aqua marker which I scribbled onto an acrylic block and diluted with water using a paintbrush. Next I stamped “Bring Me Sunshine” using a Papermania Leftovers Alphabet stamp set and black Archival Ink. I added two washi tapes to the top and bottom of the page, the film and music note designs depict their television shows and songs. The Morecambe & Wise photo is cut from a magazine and shows them in their younger days when they appeared at the Winter Gardens itself. Next I added some metal music notes attaching them to the page with silver brads. I finished the page with smiley star stickers which reminded me of their comedy and how they make me smile.

This is the Morecambe & Wise statue that greets you when you enter the Winter Gardens and with the songs they are well-known for playing in the air it fills you with a lovely sense of nostalgia. Blackpool is considered their “spiritual home” as they performed six summer seasons and over a 1,000 shows here. This statue marks the 75th anniversary of their debut performance as a double act, which was at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre in 1941.

Their 43-year partnership started in variety theatres where they honed their performance before making their famous TV shows on the BBC and ITV. Their Christmas specials were one of the highlights of the festive season and in 1977 they attracted over 27 million viewers. Guest stars included The Beatles, André Previn, Shirley Bassey and of course Des O’Connor (grin!).

Morecambe & Wise always made me laugh as a young girl growing up and still do today as there are always reruns of their shows at Christmas time. Their songs and dance numbers are fantastic and always make me smile, here’s a rendition of “Bring me Sunshine” from one of their shows – so funny!

There have also been some other happy reminders of Morecambe & Wise of late (grin!). This time of year we often cycle up the prom on our tandem, here I am on the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool and I’m standing by their section of the carpet with the lyrics of this song in front of me! If you are interested, here are some fun facts about the song:

  • “Bring Me Sunshine” is a song written in 1966 by the composer Arthur Kent, with lyrics by Sylvia Dee and it was first performed by American artists.
  • In the UK, the song is synonymous with Morecambe & Wise after it was adopted as their signature tune in their second series for the BBC in 1969. Here’s the lyrics of the song in full.
  • The song was played over the duo’s closing credits and they only ever sang the first verse, the second one being purely instrumental with Eric and Ernie performing a “skip dance” to exit the stage.

We have also been to quite a few local beer festivals lately and when I saw this beer I just had to have a pint of it. It’s called “Morecambe’s Sunshine” and is brewed by Cross Bay Brewery which is located in Morecambe; the beer is light in colour, 4% abv ( alcohol by volume) and has a lovely smooth malt taste – yum! I’m saying a big cheers to the T Gang over at T stands for Tuesday and wishing you all a Happy Sunshiny T Day!

The pump clip shows the bronze statue of Eric Morecambe in his famous “skip dance” pose. This statue is on my list of places to visit and is located on the seafront at Morecambe, it’s actually designed by the same person who made the bronze sculpture of them both (above).

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Yellow, Gold)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Papermania Alphamania A-Z Clear Stamps (Leftovers Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Blackpool Heritage magazine
  • The Works (3 Washi Tapes)
  • The Works (Musical Note Charms)
  • Small silver brads
  • UPIKIT Stickers (2166005)
  • UHU Stic
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48 thoughts on “Bring Me Sunshine    

  1. I have never heard of Morecambe and Wise, but what a tribute. The statue made me smile. And you really made a nice tribute with your page. The rays coming out are really like the sunshine these 2 must have spread. How cool to have a comedy tribute on the sidewalk(?) and a beer too. I will look them up to learn something new. Hope your week starts off in a great way Jo. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks so much Erica! They are so funny, I really enjoy watching their shows 😁. Yes the Comedy Carpet is on the sidewalk, it’s situated on the promenade outside Blackpool Tower and details many of the UK’s famous comedians with the words/jokes/songs they are/were famous for 😀. Hope you have a great start to the week too and wishing you Happy T Day for tomorrow! J 😊

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  2. I had a picture pop straight into my head when I read the title of your fantastic page. That duo did bring us comedy sunshine by the bucket full.
    So what did I remember straight away. …The time when Angela Ripon was their guest, But there are so many memorable shows from those two,
    It is a super photo of the promenade and you with the tandem.
    Thanks for sharing this memory.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. Fun to do an homage to celebrities that were part of your growing up. I can’t relate to Morecambe and Wise.as I don’t think we ever got them across the Pond. Looks like our loss. It must have been a kick to stand on the Comedy Carpet. The beer sign made me laugh. All I can think of is John Cleese’s Minister of Silly Walks. Thanks for starting my week off with a smile

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    • Thanks very much! John Cleese Minister of Silly Walks is detailed on the comedy carpet too along with some of the Monty Python sketches including the Dead Parrot sketch … lol 😉. I’ve had so many reminders of them both and after hearing their music playing at Winter Gardens I just had to create a page to remember all the smiles 😁. Wishing you many happy week! J !😊

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  4. You made a wonderful tribute to these comedians- I love this happy page – and the whole post brings sunshine – love the statue – they look so funny and that they even have a part of a comedy carpet and that a beer is named after them shows how popular they were. They must have been really good!
    Love to always learn something new when I visit you – this post is wonderful !
    AJJ is happy to have you as a host dear Jo!
    Happy T-Day!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thank you dear Susi! They were a fabulous double act and so very funny, it makes me smile just thinking of them so imagine how happy I was to hear their music whilst we were out shopping 😀. I thought it would fit perfectly for our new theme at AJJ too, glad you like it and wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊

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  5. hi jo,your comedy page so wonderful,i love the sunburst and the image of the comedians,the litte stars smilies bring me a smile 🙂 so happy page you creadet 🙂
    the bronze statue of both are so funny,love this.
    i dont know of this comedian,here in germany bring the tv other comedian,i like this too.
    wishing you a happy week,dear jo !

    Jenny

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    • Thanks very much dear Jenny! The sunburst was fun to create and I thought the little star smilies were perfect for this page as this duo always make me smile and laugh so much when I watch their programmes 😁. Wishing you a very happy week too! J 😊

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  6. I really enjoyed this post-was not familiar with this duo but will search them out you made a lovely journal page for them too there are more small micro brewriers popping up here in the states beers made in small batches.
    Happy T Day Kathy

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  7. I was incredibly impressed with your journal page, partly because of the sunshine and partly because it emulated the sign on the beer at the brewery. Really clever way to pay homage to these two comedian singers I’ve heard of, but never seen before.

    That statue must have captured them at their best, and the great photo you used on your journal page is wonderful from their youth. Both the beer tap and the sunny journal page really made me smile.

    Thanks for sharing this beer (tap) with us for T this Tuesday. What a creative post, dear Jo.

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    • Many thanks! You can just make out my pint behind the beer tap below the pump clip although it does look a bit strange and arty … lol 😁. I think that was because I had to snap the shot so quickly with my phone (I took it as they left the beer to settle) because the festival was really crowded and I wouldn’t have been able to take a shot of the pump clip as well otherwise 😀. Cheers and Happy T Day! J 😊

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  8. well, i never heard of them – but what a Tribute! the whole post just spreads SUNSHINE!!
    and handcrafted beers really are your Thing:)) that pump Clip is great! good you got a shot of it before the crowd came to cover it…
    happy t-day – have a great summer!

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  9. A very happy T day Jo

    I always love your posts and you show my favourite places a lot of the time. The Winter Gardens is certainly top of my list with always something amazing to see. Last year we went to Absent and it is something I will never forget. The year before it was the Illuminasia. We packed up ready to move there a couple of years ago but it all fell through when the owner of the bungalow we were moving to pulled out.
    Not sure what is on this year but I bet it is something with a lasting memory.

    Thank you for the happy post

    Love Chrissie xx

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    • Thank you Chrissie, that’s a lovely thing to say! Sorry to hear about the house move, they are so unpredictable these days. Yes Winter Gardens is amazing 😁. If you haven’t done it before and you ever visit when a Winter Gardens Heritage Tour is on it is well worth going on. They take you round all the different venues and tell you about the history and architecture – amazing! Thanks again and Happy T Day! J 😊

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  10. Not being from the UK originally and never one to watch much TV, this pair was complete news to me, but they sound like a lot of fun and your journal page reflects that! Love what you did with the star burst stamp, so clever and it makes for an amazing backdrop to the rest of the page. That winter garden really sounds like a wonderful place to visit

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  11. Your journal page is wonderful and oozes sunshine. I also have sweet memories of that song and of the M&W shows on telly. It makes me smile just thinking about them. It was clean fun.
    I love the photo of you, the tándem and the amazing lyric tiles. (Note to self: must go to Blackpool one day)
    Have a great week,
    Happy T-Day,
    Lisca

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    • Morecambe and Wise conjure such happy memories for me too, they are so funny 😁. We often cycle passed the comedy carpet and enjoyed stopping and looking at all the fabulous quotes 😀. Wishing you a great week too and Happy T Day! J 😊

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  12. Morecambe and Wise were family favourites – we often used to go and see them at the theatre! We often walk past the statue in Morecambe and there is usually someone there imitating the pose for a photo! I love the journal page you made – a good representation of the song! I shall have to visit Blackpool soon I think! Happy T Day! Chrisx

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  13. You made a wonderful art journal page of the two comedians (I’ve never heard before) – the painted sun fits exactly to the song and these funny persons! Also very interesting information you gave us!
    I visited your posts I’ve missed in the meantime, they are all beautiful too!
    Wish you a happy week!
    Rike x

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