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European Convention

12th European Convention
Hosted by the Me and My Pal Tent


After a successful 9th European convention in Gent in 2009, the Me and My Pal Tent of Belgium decided to have another go in 2017.

The 12th European convention of the Sons of the Desert will take place from Friday 4th August till Monday 7th August 2017 in the historic city of Gent.

The convention hotel will be the Holiday Inn Hotel Gent-Expo. The hotel is easy to reach, as well by car as with public transportation.

This is the provisional program that we have in store for you (this is subject to changes):

Friday August 4, 2017

As of 2 pm all delegates are welcome to check in at the hotel. Register yourself and receive your name badge, goodie bag and convention T-shirt (if you ordered one).

At 7 pm you can enjoy pre-dinner drinks after which the Convention will be officially opened. After the official welcome we will enjoy a wonderful banquet and after dinner it is time for the Parade of Tents, a special film show and live entertainment with The Almost Swinging Jazz band.

Saturday August 5, 2017

Get an early breakfast because the coaches are waiting to take us to Brussels, the capital of Europe.

In the morning we will visit Mini-Europe (get your picture with a Big Ben that is hardly bigger than you). Lunch will be served in the top sphere of the Atomium (enjoy your meal 100 meters above the ground and admire the wonderful panoramic view of Brussels).

After lunch we head for the centre of the city where the guides await us for a city walk with special attention for the places where Stan and Babe stayed in December 1947.

In the evening we go to the Intermezzo Rooms in Lede (the meeting venue of the Me and my Pal Tent) for BBQ and a film show.

Sunday August 6, 2017

No better way to cure a hangover than the Laurel and Hardy Games. Take part in the peewee contest and try to break all distance records, whether in length or in height. Or become the new world champion in the Babes in Toyland dart competition.

After that we have the mother of all games: test your knowledge and triumph (or go down with honour) in the inexorable Laurel and Hardy Quiz.

To wash down the efforts and emotions we invite you to strengthen the inner man or woman at our unique all you can eat lunch buffet.

Be sure to have some energy left because after lunch we depart for a trip of discovery in wonderful Gent. In 1500 Gent was the second largest city north of the Alps after Paris and birthplace of emperor Charles V. Be a Sap at Sea and board the boat for a 40-minute ride through the historic centre of Gent.

After returning to the hotel there will be pre-dinner drinks before we enjoy dinner and the fancy dress party. Come dressed as your favourite character from a Laurel and Hardy film and surprise everyone with your ingenuity. Maybe you win the first prize. If you don't win the fancy dress competition there is always the raffle, we have some amazing prizes and a great first prize. Bill and Jamie will treat us with their performance of "The Marriage of Stan Laurel". After dinner there is live entertainment with the fantastic cover band Chez Kit.

Monday August 7, 2017

After breakfast there is the Grand Council where the host of the 13th European convention will be announced.

Oliver Hardy's passing away 60 years ago will be remembered by showing the much acclaimed DVD "Babe" again.

After the Passing of the Pineapple it's time for Goodbyes.