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Ulverston's world record

No close shave for Ulverston as it smashes a world record

Members of Team Pie who successfully broke a world record for the largest shaving cream pie fight


 Miriam Kitts of Ulverston

Ulverston is now the proud holder of a world record thanks to a few thousand plates of shaving foam. The record for the largest shaving cream pie fight now rests in the proud hands of the South Lakes town. The record was set at this year's Another Fine Fest, the celebration of Stan Laurel's birthday.

After reviewing aerial footage of the foam flinging at Ford Park, Guinness World Records declared the festival to be the new official record holder

In total, 1,180 people took part in this huge tribute to the home-grown comic. This smashed the previous record of 869 pie fighters, achieved by the Belfast Community Circus School at the Big Fun Flan Fling in 2015.

One of the organising team, Rachael Weaver, also known as Captain Custard, said: "We did it! I've been dancing about like a loon since we found out and can't stop humming the Record Breakers theme tune."

The group were determined to break the record in homage to the Laurel and Hardy film, 'The Battle of the Century' where between 3,000 and 10,000 pies were thrown during the film's climax.

Jennie Dennett who was also part of the team who made the pie fight a reality said that the wait to hear if they had broken the world record was tough. "The pies for example all had to be 16.5cm with the foam completely covering the plate and Guinness had to be satisfied that we'd counted everyone properly. In the end there was just one disqualification by our stewards - a baby who was too little to throw a pie - when she grows up though she can at least say she was there on the day when Ulverston claimed a World Record."

The record certificate is winging its way to Ulverston and will soon take its pride of place in the Laurel and Hardy Museum.

North West Evening Mail (7 October 2016)


Lord Heath's site

Fellow Son, Chris Bungo, has suggested a website, in case you are not yet familiar with it. He says it started out as a Laurel and Hardy website and has expanded to become the most comprehensive website about the films of the Hal Roach Studios. It has been put together by Dave Lord Heath in London:

The site also features a detailed tour of the backlot put together by Jim Dallape and Robert Winslow.

Gino Dercola

Them Thar Hills Tent

Grand Sheik Wes Gleave tells us that his Them Thar Hills Tent is very active and that their next meeting is on Friday 14th October. He says, "We meet on the 2nd Friday of most months at The Norton Arms, Halton Village, Runcorn."

Go to the tent's website for more information about this super tent.

Roger on the radio

Roger Robinson was on Phoenix FM on 28th September. He spoke to Sylvia Kent about his love of Laurel and Hardy and, as always, helped to promote the Sons of the Desert.

Hollywood Victory Caravan

I was going to say that I couldn't help with any info on the bottom photo of the last Bulletin. Then it came to me... During WWII a lot of American film stars journeyed across American in what was called the Hollywood Victory Caravan making a number of stops in large cities where they put on shows to raise money for the forces. 

Googling images for Hollywood Victory Caravan I came up with an almost identical photo so clicked on it and came up with a complete who's who of who's in the photo.

On April 30, 1942, more than twenty Hollywood stars were invited to the White House by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt before opening their musical revue extravaganza that during the next two weeks played in fourteen cities and netted $800,000 for Army and Navy relief funds. The "Hollywood Victory Caravan," traveled cross country in a special train, performing songs, dances, skits, playlets, operatic pieces, and spectacular ensemble numbers. The production, emceed by Bob Hope and Cary Grant, was considered by the New York Times to be "the most ambitious money-raising project ever staged by the theatrical world."

Eleanor Roosevelt on White House lawn with "Hollywood Victory Caravan" entertainers (seated, from left) Oliver Hardy (1892 - 1957), Joan Blondell (1906 - 1979), Charlotte Greenwood (1890 - 1977), Charles Boyer (1899 - 1978), Risë Stevens (b. 1913), Desi Arnaz (1917 - 1986), Frank McHugh (1898 - 1981), writer Matt Brooks (1907 - 1990), James Cagney (1899 - 1986), Pat O'Brien (1899 - 1983), Juanita Stark, Alma Carroll; (standing, from left) Merle Oberon (1911 - 1979), Eleanor Powell (1912 - 1982), Arleen Whelan (1914 - 1993), Marie McDonald (1923 - 1965), Fay McKenzie (b. 1918), Katharine Booth, Mrs. Roosevelt (1884 - 1962), Frances Gifford (1920 - 1994), Frances Langford (1913 - 2005), Elyse Knox (b. 1917), Cary Grant (1904 - 1986), Claudette Colbert (1903 - 1996), Bob Hope (1903 - 2003), Ray Middleton (1907 - 1984), Joan Bennett (1910 - 1990), Bert Lahr (1895 - 1967), director Mark Sandrich (1900 - 1945), writer Jack Rose (1911 - 1995), Stan Laurel (1890 - 1965), Jerry Colonna (1904 - 1986), and Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977), April 30, 1942.

PS: If you Google "Hollywood Victory Caravan" you'll find the Boys in other pictures although some are small.

Tony Hillman


Two Tars Banquet and Show

Friday, October 14th, starting at 6pm will see the The Two Tars Banquet and Show at the Cannstatter Club, Northeast Philadelphia, featuring Laurel and Hardy in "Saps at Sea" and "Scram".

For tickets, contact Bob Rooney at,

One of the featured guests will be the very talented Bob Greenberg, a Son with the Founding Tent of New York.  In the photo below, you can see Bob as Ollie and Jonathan Smith as Stan.

At the Philharmonic in Blackpool

In February and March 2017 you will be able to see Stan and Ollie sing about the "Good Ole Summertime" in the freezing winter weather, watch them bumble their way through a hostile jail takeover and many more. It's time to watch this pair on the big screen at The Philharmonic, Foxhall Road, Blackpool, FY1 5BL.

Bars will be open and doors will open at 7pm for a 8.30pm start.

John's T-shirt

John Bogie met Jean Darling at the International Convention in Amsterdam in 2008. Jean, of course, appeared in Babes in Toyland with Stan and Ollie.

We asked John to share with us a favourite photograph of him and Jean so he wore a T-shirt illustrating their meeting at the Call of the Cuckoos Tent film show at the Panopticon in Glasgow on 5th October. You can tell that Jean liked John a lot!

The Dancing Masters book

The Dancing Masters is the subject of the17th book in Irv Hyatt's series devoted to publicity material of Laurel and Hardy films.

Previous books: 

"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 1:  Laurel and Hardy in Swiss Miss"
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 2: Laurel and Hardy in Saps at Sea." 
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 3:  Oliver Hardy & Harry Langdon in Zenobia." 
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 4:  The Flying Deuces and Utopia." 
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 5:  Sons of the Desert."  
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 6:  'Thicker Than Water' and Other Shorts."
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 7:  Our Relations."
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 8:  Any Old Port."
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 9:  Pack Up Your Troubles"
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 10:  "Nothing But Trouble"
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 11:  "Block-Heads"
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 12:  "Great Guns"
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 13:  "The Bohemian Girl"
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 14:  "A-Haunting We Will Go"
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 15:  "Jitterbugs"
"Movie Publicity Showcase, Volume 16:  "A Chump At Oxford"

Learn more about this new Volume 17 and how to order it at:


Laurel and Hardy Bar coming to Bradford

Last-minute work is taking place at the £1.5 million Sunbridgewells underground development ahead of its opening date. The complex, off Centenary Square and built underneath Sunbridge Road, Upper Millergate and Ivegate, will open in two stages. 

Developers say its first phase, including 14 shops, a Laurel and Hardy-themed bar, a tapas restaurant, a 1920s bar and a traditional-style pub, will be open by the end of this month, but have no definitive date. The long-awaited scheme was originally due to open in late 2014. 

"The work on the Laurel and Hardy and Waller's Brewery Bars is nearly finished. Many of the shops' signs are going on now. The only way to get Bradford buzzing is to get more people into the city centre. We are not a large multi-national company - we are local business people who wish to see Bradford thrive and move forward in a positive way. We are a living, working museum with retail and leisure space that you would not find anywhere else in the country."

 Telegraph & Argus (05.10.16.)


Blotto in Cremona

The Blotto Tent of Italy had its annual meeting, reports Grand Sheik Giancarlo Manfredini. They met on 2nd October at the Golf Club of Cremona. Giancarlo says, "I noticed with surprise that many among us are discreet golf players. We could repeat next year the 'Oliver Hardy Golf Memorial' challenge for the second time on the green of Cremona Torrazzo Country Golf Club."

Did you see?

I have only ever seen about five minutes of the Channel 5 series Eamonn and Ruth: How the Other Half Lives. How spooky it was that I happened by chance upon a bit on 4th October in which Eamonn put on a bowler hat and - wait for it - said, "Here's another fine mess you've got me into, Stanley!"

 Willie McIntyre