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Bells to toll for Eddie; Family tribute for acclaimed TV scriptwriter.

Byline: PETER ELSON

THERE will be a towering tribute to the late Liverpool scriptwriter Eddie Braben with a special peal of bells on Saturday.

Eight bell ringers, including Eddie's cousin Tony, will ring a peal at St Michael's church, Garston, in honour of the former Morecambe and Wise scriptwriter who died last month.

Tony Braben, 57, from Welshpool, Mid-Wales, suggested the idea to fellow bell- ringers and a group of five from Liverpool and two others from Welshpool was formed for the celebration.

They aim to ring a peal of 5,000 changes over three hours from 2pm to 5pm and the public are invited to come and listen to it in the church.

Tony's dad, Albert, was a brother of Eddie senior, whose son became the scriptwriter to Ken Dodd and many other comics.

While living in West Derby, Eddie wrote the TV comedy shows for Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, including their Christmas specials, propelling them to huge national fame in the 1970s. Tony said: "My side of the family lived down south so we were not particularly close to Eddie's and I last saw him about 15 years ago.

"He was a very private man and by then was living in North Wales, but he was an exceptional talent and we were all very proud of him.

"As I'm a keen bell-ringer, this seemed a well-deserved way to pay tribute to his great talent. That said, I've no idea if he liked bell-ringing or was even religious!"

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REMEMBERED: Eddie Braben with a picture of himself and Morecambe and Wise
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 13, 2013
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