THE daughter of famous comedian Eric Morecambe was inspired to open a beer festival – after Tring Brewery named a brew in her father’s honour.
Gail Morecambe agreed to unveil the Towcester Beer Festival in Northamptonshire after hearing about the brewery’s Bring Me Sunshine ale.
The name recalls the famous theme tune that Eric, who died in 1984 aged 58, would sing with comedy sidekick Ernie Wise at the end of their iconic TV shows.
The ale also has the silhouetted image of the comedy legend performing the trademark dance on the pump clip.
Gail, who lives in Northamptonshire, opened the event on Thursday evening before it ran throughout Friday and the weekend.
Brewer Andrew Jackson said: “We brewed Bring Me Sunshine as a tribute to Eric. He lived in Harpenden for a number of years and did an enormous amount of work on behalf of the local community and local charities.
“He played golf at the local club, shopped in the High Street and used to mention the town in his comedy routines. Eric was a national treasure – he was also a legend in Hertfordshire.”
The brewery describes Bring Me Sunshine as a hoppy ale. It was one of 60 ales featured at the festival and sold out at the weekend.
One of the organisers, Crispin Slee, said he felt “very honoured” that Gail was opening the festival.
Meanwhile, Tring Brewery’s Blonde won best local beer at The Reading Beer and Cider festival on Thursday, after a blind tasting by judges.
Brewer Ben Marston said: “Reading is quite a big festival so it’s great that our beer has picked up the award there.”