Turnstone, by John Maiden, March 21, 2017

Programme Name: The Perfect Morecambe and Wise - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: (L-R) Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise - (C) BBC - Photographer: Unknown
Programme Name: The Perfect Morecambe and Wise - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Embargoed for publication until: n/a - Picture Shows: (L-R) Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise - (C) BBC - Photographer: Unknown

It is 40 years since Fleetwood Mac recorded ‘Rumours’, the album that sold 40 million copies worldwide. It includes songs that seem as easy on the ear today as they did in 1977. Of course, just as some of us never tire of hearing ‘Rumours’, there are those who delight in spreading rumours of a different kind.

Take for example some rumours circulating in recent days. The junction of Hunstanton Road, Heacham, with the new road from the Redgate Hill construction site is too narrow and twisting for buses.

By holding up a Stagecoach driver and getting Lynx on the line, this info was obtained.

Lynx buses will start using Hunstanton Road in about seven weeks time, when the route is registered by the Traffic Commissioner in Leeds.

Stagecoach only suspended the route and normal 
service will be resumed on April 2. A new timetable should be available the previous week.

The bus station is to be moved to Tesco in Southend Road and the library is to occupy the former primary school in Valentine Road. The bus station will then become a car park.

Unfortunately, these rumours are likely to persist for as long as it takes the borough council and county council to reach an agreement and inform the electorate of the outcome.

It seems there is to be no pretence at consulting users of these facilities before a decision is made.

I was a pupil (1943 – 51) and a teacher (1968-69) at the primary school, so the idea of using it as a centre for learning appeals to me.

The same does not apply with regard to the rumour that Smithdon School is to be converted into flats.

“Somebody is getting into the realms of fantasy with that one!” as Captain Mainwaring might say to Lance Corporal Jones. On second thoughts, having witnessed the transformation of Hillington Square, this might be one way to rid the town of a brutalist blot on the landscape.

I taught there for five years and although most of the students and staff were great, the building was horrible.

This takes me from Fleetwood to Morecambe, via Gail Stuart’s Civic Society talk last week, in which she gave an insight into what life was like with her father, Eric Morecambe. Gail revealed that Eric was just the same at home as he was on stage, but as a boy he had not liked school. He probably played truant on occasions, preferring to entertain passers-by with his song and dance act.

However, in later life this did not prevent him from learning his lines, especially when the partnership with Ernie Wise blossomed into those much loved television shows, often involving a well known performer in ‘a play what Ernie wrote’.

Gail’s talk clearly brought back many happy memories for the large audience. And once home, I went straight for a recording of the famous sketch featuring Andre Previn, in which Eric played ‘all the right notes but in the wrong order’! Sounds rather like the recipe for starting a rumour…