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International Convention

I received an e-mail from Gene Sorkin. He is in hospital after suffering a stroke a few days earlier. It has affected his mobility on the left side of his body. He has a planned path forward for his recovery but naturally is devastated that he will not be able to come to the UK for the pre and main Conventions. We are shocked and saddened to hear this news and I know we all wish him a healthy and full recovery in the weeks and months ahead.

Gene is Grand Sheik of The Chimp Tent in Cincinnati and, as you probably know, is bidding to host the next International Convention, in 2018. The presentation will now be made by Karen Thikkurissy and Rick Lindner, so it is in safe hands.

Roger Robinson


We have no more people on our reserve list so any vacancies between now and the Convention are open. The cost is £350 for five days and four nights, Wednesday afternoon till breakfast on Sunday 17th July. It is more likely we can fit in a single individual who doesn't mind sharing, than a couple, but you never know. DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY AT THIS TIME. Just email to see if you are lucky.

Chris Coffey

Chris Coffey alongside the Laurel and Hardy statue outside the Coronation Hall
with Anita Garnett (right) from the Ulverston Brewing Company and town clerk Jayne Kendall

MORE than 200 fans from across the globe will descend on a comedian's birthplace to host a huge event in his honour.

The Sons of the Desert Laurel and Hardy Worldwide Appreciation Society will hold its 2016 international convention in Ulverston from Wednesday July 13 until Sunday 17. The event, organised by enthusiast, Chris Coffey, will include a day of activities at the Coronation Hall as well as events at the Laurel and Hardy Museum.

Mr Coffey is also looking forward to Another Fine Fest on Saturday June 18, which will include a bid to set a new world record for the biggest custard pie fight. Organisers hope for around 1,100 people to turn out to the event at Ford Park.

Mr Coffey said: "Laurel and Hardy epitomise fun and laughter and I am sure the shades of Stan and Ollie will be smiling down on Ulverston's bid to set a new record for this classic slapstick gag."

Other special features of the event will include the creation of a special commemorative beer by Ulverston Brewing Company. The new tipple will complement its wide range of ales already inspired by Stan Laurel, the town's most famous son, and his partner in comedy crime.

Ulverston Town Council is also organising a live video link with Harlem in Georgia, the birthplace of Oliver Hardy.

North-West Evening Mail (09.06.16.)


New show at this year's Edinburgh International Fringe Festival

There is a brand new theatre show heading for the Edinburgh Fringe this August. It sets out to gently appreciate Laurel and Hardy. Set backstage during their 50's UK tour, a couple of stagehands watch and appreciate the boys at work, and observe their special friendship in the dressing room. The play is called Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy and lasts 55 minutes. Tickets from the Edinburgh Fringe Website.

A fine production, including classic songs and routines.

Greenside venue
Weeks one and two of the Fringe
Tickets available now from

Colin Hearn

At the Panopticon

When the Call of the Cuckoos Tent met at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in Glasgow on 8th June, it was a special pleasure to welcome John and Josephine Bogie. John had been ailing for a while, so it was great to see him back in action.

Willie McIntyre

John Bogie and Willie McIntyre

Bill Crouch and Pat McIntyre manned the souvenir stall, as usual



Inverness beckons

Whilst staying at the Mercure Hotel in Inverness, Scotland, I found a nice place for breakfast close by called the Rendezvous Cafe. In the window was a poster to tell me that the Beatles played one of their earliest gigs there in 1960 when they were still known as the Silver Beatles.

Having ordered my breakfast on the first morning, I realised that a black and white film was being shown on the screen and it was Blotto with Laurel and Hardy. There was no soundtrack but in the background they were playing some nice jazz so no complaints from me. The second day I had breakfast there again and the film showing was Thelma Todd and ZaZu Pitts being taken to Coney Island by two boyfriends. L&H make an appearance right at the end of this film.

 So this is a must do place if you visit Inverness, perhaps to see the Loch Ness monster, have a breakfast and a film show included in the price.

Dave Dearle

Ron at 90

Who had a 90th Birthday Party at the beginning of June? He was the last man standing, or should I say dancing! It was the ever-young Ron Stokoe, proudly wearing his Sons of the Desert Polo Shirt.

 Roger Robinson 


Videos on offer

I was a member of the Bonnie Scotland Tent many, many years ago when it met in Sloan's pub in Glasgow. I am at present moving house and came across a few videos that I don't just want to get rid of. I was looking to see if any other fan might want them free of charge.

 Tom Hamilton
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