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25th Laurel & HarDay

The 25th 'Annual' Laurel & HarDay takes place on Saturday 2nd September at Bryn Masonic Hall, Wigan. We promise to present a fantastic day of celebrations. Highlights will include another classic game show given the Laurel & Hardy treatment, a very special surprise video and a one hour long one-man show performed by Andrew Shepherd. Tickets are £6 each. You can pay on the door or pre-order now to avoid disappointment.

Visit to order your tickets now!

Gary Winstanley

Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy return
to the Edinburgh Fringe
by popular demand

Colin Hearn writes, "We wanted to let you know we are bringing our Laurel and Hardy show back to the Edinburgh Fringe this year. We would love to see you there."

Venue: Greenside @Nicholson Square
10th 11th 12th and 14th August at 3pm
Running time 55 minutes.

Tickets from

Laurel and Hardy remain the most popular comedy double act of all time, on both sides of the Atlantic. Searchlight are back with their critically acclaimed production which played to full houses last year and gained four and five star reviews. Back for four performances only. Not to be missed.

Two loyal stagehands observe their comedy heroes from the wings of the Palace Theatre Manchester - they are in awe of the slapstick giants. They recreate some of their best known songs and classic routines. Warm, affectionate and very, very funny. 

Bowler Dessert Online recommends this play. It is great!

Southend-On-Sea Film Festival 

As previously mentioned on BD Online, the Southend-on-Sea Festival will feature the newly found Reel 2 of Battle of the Century on 16mm film with live piano accompaniment. Full details of the Festival can be seen on this link to the website  The Laurel and Hardy show is on Monday 29th May at 1.00pm at the Park Inn Palace Hotel. Tickets are just £5. If you require any further information, please do contact me .

Roger Robinson


Cincinnati 2018 Convention

The 21st International Sons of the Desert convention will be a wonderful opportunity for you, first and foremost, to catch up with your friends from around the world who share a common interest and love of Laurel and Hardy.

As of yet we have neither finalized the registration fees for the pre-convention activities nor the convention itself, nor can we provide the specific date that the convention registration will commence. We are moving closer to the finalization of these details. When registration does become available full instructions will be provided on the website and links to this website will be provided on the convention Facebook page and all other appropriate outlets.

Convention Committee

2021 European Convention

Grand Sheik Alessandro Santi has given us strong hope that the 2021 Sons of the Desert European Convention will be in Italy. His Blockheads Tent proposes holding the convention in July or August. The Italian city of Prato in Tuscany is tipped as a likely location.

The idea certainly gets Bowler Dessert Online's backing! A convention in Italy has long been a dream of many UK Sons of the Desert and, at last, lobbying from certain enthusiasts looks like paying off. Nice work!

Meanwhile, there seem to be no proposals for a 2019 European Convention, which is a crying shame.

The Perry Winkle

The Perry Winkle is published 'for Sons of the Desert everywhere'.

The quarterly colour 16 page magazine has a readership in the UK, Europe and America. For the UK amazingly it has remained the same the price for the last ten years! - just £12 including postage! If you are not a subscriber and would like a FREE copy (UK only), then pass on your address to me by e-mail and I will send you the latest edition, PW 75 April/May/June. OR if you are attending the UK Convention in Bradford, then you can pick up a FREE copy there.

Highly recommended by Bowler Dessert Online

Did you see?

Did anybody see "An American Werewolf in London" on Film 4 on Saturday 8th April. There was a scene in a children's ward where the camera focused on one kid who was reading a Laurel and Hardy comic. Blink and you would have missed it.

Charlie Lewis