An appeal to raise £92,000 for a statue of Dame Thora Hird in Morecambe has been launched.

Christine Stebbing, chair of Morecambe Heritage, said it had long been her wish to put up a statue of the star in her birthplace.

Christine said there had been support for the statue to be sited at the top of Victoria Street.

The city council has created a shared area for traffic and pedestrians within Morecambe named Royalty Place. "This is directly opposite where Cheapside was located where Dame Thora was born and the site of the Royalty Theatre where she was carried on stage at eight weeks old by her actress mother and where her father was manager. "This is the ideal place for the statue to be placed and the Chief Planning Officer and others on the Town Team were in agreement.

Christine Stebbing, Chair of Morcambe Heritage

Christine now hopes to raise the money through crowdfunding, and has set up a GoFundMe page.

She added: "The grant applications thus far have not proved positive but I will continue to apply to relevant bodies. I have now produced a booklet which is available from Morecambe Heritage Centre in the Arndale Centre Morecambe priced £1, again to raise funds and awareness."

[**A plaque was put up in Morecambe dedicated to the actor in 2011.**](http://Plaque unveiled to Thora Hird in Morecambe)

Thora Hird died in 2003, aged 91