Leeds pub bosses call time on tribute plan for Ernie Wise

The statue in memory of Ernie Wise in Morley town centre.
The statue in memory of Ernie Wise in Morley town centre.
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The JD Wetherspoon chain has dropped plans to name its new pub in Leeds after legendary comedian Ernie Wise.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the firm had intended to call the pub The Ernest Wiseman – Ernie’s real name.

Now, though, it has emerged that the idea has been given a polite thumbs-down by the late entertainer’s family.

The new pub, on Queen Street, will instead be called The Picture House.

Wetherspoon announced last month that it wanted to pay tribute to Ernie after receiving a flood of naming suggestions from local residents.

A spokesman for the firm said: “We contacted the Wiseman family, who sent a nice letter back declining, which we appreciated.”

Ernie made early stage appearances in Morley, where he is the subject of a statue.

Wetherspoon confirmed plans in January to set up in the former Blockbuster and Arthritis UK stores.

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