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A Tale of Two Tents

The doctor said we were 'two tents' and prescribed a big dose of slap-stick comedy to relax. Sailors Beware tent of Hyde welcomed Brats tent of Sheffield to our July meeting of Laurel and Hardy laughter, which was also a celebration of Brats' 30th University!! A great night of food and merriment was enjoyed by all. Landlord of the Cheshire Ring Wayne Taylor provided a most excellent beef or chicken curry with starters and breads for everyone. Real ale was flowing and a packed room of Sons of the Desert enjoying films of the Boys made for a night to remember. To cement the tents 'twinning', Sailors Beware Grand Sheikh Graeme Green presented Brats Grand Sheikh Kevin Hepplestone with a golden pineapple with the inscription 'Two Tents without a single thought!' 

Anyone who fancies a night of medicinal mirth is welcome. Sailors Beware meet on the last Thursday of the month at the Cheshire Ring in Hyde (opposite Aldi), see website for details.

Stuart Green


Coming to BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday 15th August

[Clippings from Radio Times]

Intra-Tent Journal

The latest issue of the Intra-Tent Journal has arrived, with 16 pages of news and articles of interest to all Sons. For subscriptions contact in the UK or in the USA.


Stan & Ollie movie

You've all no doubt heard about the imminent release of the latest film about the Boys, well here's some first showing news.

The film staring John C. Reilly [Ollie] and Steve Coogan [Stan] will close the BFI London Film Festival on Friday 21st October 2018.

However, as can be seen from the copied text below, it's being screened simultaneously at cinemas around the UK for those like me who are not based in the South East.

So. keep a look out closer to the time for your local cinema listings.

The 62nd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® is delighted to announce that Stan & Ollie will be this year's Closing Night gala. The world premiere of Stan & Ollie will take place on 21 October at the Cineworld, Leicester Square, attended by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, who star as the legendary movie comedy duo. Director Jon S. Baird, BAFTA award-winning writer Jeff Pope, producer Faye Ward and cast members will also be in attendance. Entertainment One (eOne) and the BFI London Film Festival are also pleased to announce that there will be simultaneous preview screenings of Stan & Ollie taking place at cinemas across the UK.

Eric Woods

Barry Chuckle RIP

Just a note to commiserate the passing of Barry Elliot of the Chuckle Brothers aged 73 following 50+ years in the entertainment business.

Both Barry and his brother Paul were gentlemen and fantastic comedy entertainers in the true tradition of slapstick. Both stated on numerous occasions that their comedy routines were influenced by Stan and Babe.

Being local to South Yorkshire, we had the privilege of seeing them perform and meeting them on several occasions and they always had time for anyone who took the trouble to wait to meet them after their performances.

Barry Chuckle with John Burton Jnr

They were also proud of their Rotherham heritage and, unbeknown to most, managed to include a reference to their hometown of Rotherham into each episode of their popular children's show Chucklevision.

They were also life Presidents of Rotherham United, their hometown football club.

It was through Rotherham United that the attached photo was taken featuring Brats Vice Sheik John Jnr at Wembley Stadium at a Division One Play-Off Final in 2014. We alighted our coach and Barry was stood nearby and was more than delighted to spend time talking to fellow Millers and to take photos with them. We always said that after meeting Barry upon our arrival it lifted our spirits and that we felt happy - and duly went on to win.

Barry was a comedy legend and a true gentleman who will be sadly missed.

UK comedian David Walliams stated :

"I always thought he and his brothers were really special performers, not just because of their dazzling talents but also because they are the last link to the British Musical Hall tradition that gave us Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin. I was lucky to work with the Chuckle Brothers many times over the past 20 years. I never got over being completely starstruck at seeing them, but always found them to be generous, kind and most of all FUNNY. Barry had funny bones. He could have you in hysterics with just a look."

John Burton

Jeff's breakfast

Look what Jeffrey Holland (currently appearing as Stan Laurel on stage in Edinburgh) got for breakfast this morning!

In the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston

From the Museum's Facebook page

Light Side of Comedy

Spotted by Dave Murray in St Marys House in Sheffield