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Wetherspoons to honour Ernie Wise with pub name

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise will both have JD Wetherspoon pubs named after them if Morley's new bar becomes The Ernest Wiseman.

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise will both have JD Wetherspoon pubs named after them if Morley's new bar becomes The Ernest Wiseman.

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon will be honouring comedy legend Ernie Wise by naming the soon-to-be opened town centre pub after him.

After dozens of suggestions made by Observer & Advertiser readers were sent to the comapny, Wetherspoon bosses have made the decision to call the pub The Ernest Wiseman.

Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin said: “We very much appreciate all the names that were suggested.

“We liked all of them with The Picture House and The Ernest Wiseman being our two favourites. But we decided the latter would be the best name for the pub.”

Mr Martin said they are now in the process of contacting Ernie’s widow, Doreen, and his estate to get the official green light for the naming.

He said; “Ernie had local links and it’s a fitting name. For Mrs Wiseman to be happy with it would be the icing on the cake.”

Wetherspoon confirmed last month that they would be opening at the former Blockbuster store and Arthritis UK shops on Queen Street.

An application for renovating both units will be submitted to Leeds City Council’s planning department.

The pub chain already having a pub in Morecambe called The Eric Bartholomew after Ernie’s comedy partner, played a part in the decision.

“All the names that were suggested were great,” Mr Martin said.

“The people of Morley know the town and its history better than we do.

“We intend to have photographs and displays of other people and places that were suggested when the pub opens.”

 

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