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The Perry Winkle

What is one to make of the latest issue of The Perry Winkle?

There are extensive reports on the Pre-Convention based in Southend and the International Convention itself, in and around Ulverston. We also read about John King, an extraordinary cine enthusiast and his work in keeping Laurel and Hardy films in the public eye. There is a detailed review of Randy Skretvedt's remarkable latest book, a visit to the Stan Laurel statue in North Shields, a trip to Chaplin's World in Switzerland and a jaunt to the Blue Plaque in Norwich. Add to this notes on the Tipton Slasher, reminiscences from a fellow who knew Charles Gemora, and the regular features Duck Soup, Cockles and Mussels and Another Nice Message.

So, what is one to make of it all? A silly question! The quarterly magazine is well up to standard. Enjoy it. Subscriptions cost £12.00 for four issue in the UK. Other countries rates on request. Contact Roger Robinson.

2017 European Convention

Marc de Coninck ( has given us further details of how to pay to register for the European Convention in Gent next year.

NV RECORD BANK, Henri Matisselaan 16, 1140 Brussels, Belgium 

Account number: IBAN BE88 6528 3417 6541


Reference Euroconvention 2017 + Name + number of delegates

The recipient is the Me and my Pal Tent, Ommegangstraat 30, 9420 Erpe-Mere, Belgium.

Lobby cards book

As you probably know, fellow Son and author, Irv Hyatt, from New Jersey, has recently published a series of 15 paperback books related to Laurel and Hardy, called Movie Publicity Showcase - all available on Amazon. This time, Irv has published a new book called Laurel and Hardy: The Lobby Cards - A Classic Collection. This latest book is paperback, 100 pages, that uses photos of many seldom-seen lobby cards from personal collections. It will make a nice addition to your Laurel and Hardy book collection.

Gino Dercola

Leave 'em Laughing Tent of Liverpool

Samantha Jane Bell wants us all to note that she now handles all correspondence for the Leave 'em Laughing Tent of Liverpool. Her dad, Tony Traynor, is still the Grand Sheik, but is having a rest from such duties. You can email Samantha on and telephone her on 07751966360.

Blockhead Tent of Edinburgh

Members of the Blockheads Tent enjoyed the play Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy on 19th August when it was staged during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The tent is already planning its Christmas outing - it intends going to Cosmo at the Omni Centre for its festive lunch on 4th December.

Mike goes to the USA

Mike Jones was in Los Angeles recently, doing a Laurel and Hardy tour. We will give you a report on his visit shortly. Meanwhile here are a couple of photos.


Just got a CD of the Venom album 'At War with Satan'. One of the bonus tracks is the 12" version of 'Dead Of Night' at the end of which they go into a certain duo's theme tune.

Stephen Barlow

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One of our members John Beardshaw wrote an article for Sheffield CAMRA Beer Matters magazine based on the Brats trip to Ulverston for the Another Fine Fest event in June...


John Burton

Sons of the Desert on tour

A group of Laurel and Hardy fans, Sons of the Dessert, took a mini bus to Ulverston in Cumbria, the birth place of Stan Laurel.

The Stan Laurel Inn has six hand pulled beers, mainly from local breweries and my choice was Barngates Brathay Gold.

A few minutes walk away is the house where Stan Laurel was born so after seeing this we went to Ulverston Brewery, a former livestock market hall with brewery, bar and shop under one roof. Their beers are named after Laurel and Hardy films and the two on offer were Perfect Day and Lonesome Pine.

It was Festival Weekend and the town was busy with street food, stalls, entertainment, bands and drummers and much more. Even the bronze statue of Stan and Ollie was decorated with flowers and coloured scarves. The museum dedicated to the comedy duo showed some of their most popular films and the stage just outside had entertainment throughout the day.

Nearby was the Piel Castle Inn with high beamed ceilings, stone wall and fireplace. This Robinsons pub had four beers and I had Bonj Euros, a special blonde ale. All the pubs were busy and there was time to call in the Rose and Crown, a pub with five distinct areas and four Robinsons beers.

There were ten hand pulled beers at The Mill, four from Lancaster brewery and six guests. The pub was developed round a restored water wheel and the layout is on various levels. There are many other good pubs in Ulverston but not enough time to visit them all.

John Beardshaw

Holy Stan

Ross Owen posted this on the internet, highlighting a striking similarity.