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Beau Chumps Tent of Sunderland

Mike Jones reports


The Beau Chumps Tent of Sunderland is set to be relaunched in 2019 with myself at the helm, though I will miss the first meeting due to a previously booked holiday.

Tony Hillman (Hog Wild Tent of Bishop Auckland) put me in touch with Tony Kenny, the owner of the Boars Head in Sunderland who is starting the tent in a building that Stan and Ollie visited on a number of occasions. Despite Tony doing all of the initial work, he has asked yours truly to assume the role of Grand Sheik with Tony as Vice Sheik, and our hope is we can pull together a similar level of interest that Beau Chumps did in the 80's and early 90s.

The first meeting on Tuesday 8th January will be a 'taster meeting' and the inaugural meeting will be on Tuesday 12th February with regular meetings held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm.

I will be in touch with more information as I get it, but all will be welcome on Tuesday 12th February when nibbles will be provided and much fun will be had. In the meantime though, something on our venue:

The Boars Head Bistro, Coffee Shop & Boutique Hotel in Sunderland East boasts the best views of the River Wear and is situated on its south bank. It was at the heart of the Tall Ships Race, Sunderland 2018 and has been there since 1724, overlooking one of the most interesting, history filled rivers of the world, and it has some of the most beautiful views in the City of Sunderland.


Recently renovated to reflect Old Sunderland's history, once dubbed "the largest shipbuilding town in the world" with shipbuilding dating back to 1346, Sunderland is where glass-making in England started, Joseph Swan invented the light bulb, the Miners lamp was invented and the oldest purpose-built Masonic Temple in the world is just round the corner. Sunderland is also purported to be where Christianity in the UK started in 674 AD. There is even a Laurel and Hardy Suite in the Hotel.

Stan and Ollie visited the Boars Head whenever they played the Sunderland Empire Theatre as guests of the Landlord Benny Barron who was a fellow Thespian. Benny was one of Stan's oldest friends and he appeared on the same stage as Stan in 1907 when they played in the pantomime The Sleeping Beauty.

The Boars Head website can be found at

Below is one of Stan's letters to his 'dear old pal' Bennie (not Benny as per the article).

Our meeting room overlooking the River Wear...


Mike Jones,
Beau Chumps Tent,
c/o The Boars Head Hotel,
134 High Street East,