Laurel and Hardy
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Coming Clean for 30 years

On 21st March the Come Clean Tent met to celebrate 30 years in existence!!!!

The films were enjoyed and the cake was soon consumed. Three of our members were presented with 30 year Certificates. The guys have been active members since 1987.

Sadly Ron Dunn [our founding Grand Sheik] could not be at the meeting.

Eric Woods

More from the hills

The Them Thar Hills Tent had another mention in the Cumberland News(17.03.17.), and by coincidence on the weekly nostalgia page, a pic from 1983 - where are they now?

Melvin McFadden

Mr Laurel, Mr Hardy and Mr Fin show

Although I'm not a current SOD member, I am huge fan of the Boys and I wanted to tell you about an evening I'm doing in London from 7.00pm to 10.00pm on Thursday April 20th called "Mr Laurel, Mr Hardy and Mr Fin".

It's an evening celebrating their work and I'll be introducing a selection of long clips and a short or two illustrating some of the best work throughout their careers. However, I'll be doing this from the slightly different perspective of the films the Boys made featuring James Finlayson, and with some attention paid to some of Fin's non Laurel and Hardy work - with Charley Chase and others and even a glimpse of his rare straight performance as the blackmailed juror in the William Powell drama For The Defence.

Of course the emphasis will remain on Stan and Ollie - but I think this could be a fun and interesting night for some of your members - if they're able to make it along.

If you or any of your members are planning to be in London at that time, tickets for the night are available at £6 each and if you or your members are interested you can buy them through the Funzing site - just follow this link:

The capacity is approximately 80 people. Really hope some Sons of of the Desert members can make it along. It'll be a great night.

Tom Hamilton

Get well soon, Del

We are very sorry to learn that Del Kempster has broken his hip and was hospitalised. He has returned home and still intends to be at the UK Convention in Bradford later this month. Get well soon, Del, and we look forward to seeing you.

Liam with his new acquisition

New book

I was recently contacted by Barry Brophy, a Professor in UCD, one of Dublin's biggest Universities. He has just published a book on the Boys.

 Liam Muldowney


Jeff in the press

In the Saturday supplement of Daily Mail (08.04.17.) was a full page article on Jeffrey Holland [extreme left in Hi Di Hi!]. He said, "Most of my work now is in theatre. I appeared in the UK tour of Dong, Ding, Murder Me On High. I have some theatre projects planned for the summer. I also tour with my one-man show, Mr Laurel, dedicated to my heroes, Laurel and Hardy."

Upcoming meetings of the Saps at Sea Tent