Comedian switch on lights at care home
A former comedian and singer-dancer switched on the Christmas lights at her care home in Morecambe.
Audrey Marshall-Hardy, 88, was the guest of honour when she turned on the lights at Eric Morecambe House in Harrow Grove as part of Anchor’s Brighten Up Your Local Community national event.
More than 100 homes run by the care home charity turned on their lights on Thursday (5 December).
Audrey, who has worked with the likes of Morecambe and Wise, Ken Dodd and Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warris, said she was thrilled to be asked to turn on the Christmas lights.
Audrey, whose maiden name was Mann before being married to husband Dick for 25 years, said: “Christmas is a lovely time of year and it’s so nice of the staff to ask me to turn on the lights.
“I never expected to move into a care home named after Eric Morecambe who I met with his pal Ernie Wise on tour when they were just starting out. Ironically, Eric and I attended the Plaza School of Dancing in Morecambe although at different times.
“I’m really happy living at Eric Morecambe House – they’re a good crowd here, both staff and residents.”
Eric Morecambe House Manager Alison Humphries said the residents absolutely love Christmas and the lights switch on ceremony was a great way to launch the festive activities at the care home.
She said: “All of Anchor’s care homes across the country will be switching on the lights on this day in a bid to brighten up our local communities.
“We’re thrilled Audrey has agreed to be the guest of honour, especially as she knew Eric Morecambe. This is a lovely event as it launches our Christmas festivities. Our residents love to get around the tree and sing carols.
“It’s important to organise meaningful activities for our residents as these boost their mental and physical well-being as well as being fun!”
For more information on Eric Morecambe House, contact 0800 731 2020.