Another Fine Mess Tent
is "on ice"
Further to the earlier news of the
possible folding of the Another Fine Mess of Northern
Ireland, Grand Sheik Keith Davidson writes:
Many of you will have
received by email from Gerry the sad news that for
personal reasons he has had to step down as Vice Sheik of
the tent. He kindly and thoughtfully asked if anyone
might be able to offer assistance with running the tent,
and a couple of very kind offers came in, including one
from a member for whom helping us would prove very
difficult due to work and family commitments. This
is typical of the affection and comradeship you have
shown over the past 12+ years.
Those who have attended meetings
in the past will be aware of my health issues, and in
fact over the past two years I have been unable to attend
and have had to rely on the kindness and support of Gerry
and Pat to keep the club going.
While the Another Fine Mess Tent
is something that Gerry and I have been very close to and
proud to be involved with, despite the generous offers of
help to keep it running, the truth is that the tent was
always something that was a love shared between two close
friends - much like the partnership of Laurel and Hardy -
and just as Stan refused to go back on screen after the
death of his - partner, even if I were physically able, I
really couldn't think of running the tent without support
Consequently, regrettably I have
decided to put the tent "on ice" until further notice,
and by that I mean to postpone all meetings until further
notice with immediate effect.
Hopefully our personal
circumstances will improve in the future and we can
recommence club activities. Meanwhile I shall
endeavour to pass on any relevant information to those
for whom we hold a valid email address.
So that we can make contact
please continue to pass on to me any changes to home or
email addresses and phone numbers.
Since the tent was 'foundered'
in November 2004 we have all had a great journey with
many notable highlights, especially the meeting when we
were honoured by the presence of the late Jean Darling
who acted in Babes in Toyland with Stan and Ollie.
Notable too was our interview with the late Eric Sykes,
and our visits to the International Convention in
Amsterdam in 2008 and the UK Convention in
2009. However, the overwhelming thing has been the
success of the tent - never in our wildest dreams did we
think we'd have 217 members! - and the friendship and
generosity of spirit that we have been shown by all our
members and friends in the Laurel and Hardy community at
home and around the world.
So, a big "thank you" to all of
you for your support. It's been a gas, and let's
hope that when the time is right we can do it all
Melvin McFadden sent us a couple of
press cuttings. One is from the Daily Mail
(13.02.17.) and the other from a local evening paper of
the same date. Melvin says, "Spot the deliberate mistake on
the front page."
watch the TV auction programme Flog It!,
usually when I am sitting and eating a
A fellow came
in with Laurel and Hardy autographs (on 13.02.17.)
which came from their appearance at the
Wolverhampton Hippodrome on their UK tour. The
expert James Lewis (who said he was always an
L&H fan) said that to confirm authenticity
Stan's signature was always to the left and Ollie
to the right. Stan Laurel always signed his name
with a fountain pen but Oliver Hardy used a ball
sold for £240.00 which they said was about the
Episode 1 of the Laurel and
Hardy Podcast is now online. It is hosted by Ross
Owen, and his special guests
VAL LACKEY (above), who met
Laurel and Hardy on several occasions during their 1953 UK
tour. Her parents Tommy and Dee Godfrey became close friends
with the Boys.
TERRY MOORE, who appeared in
the Laurel and Hardy movie A-Haunting We Will
CHRISTOPHER GUEST, actor,
writer, director and musician (Spinal Tap, For
Your Consideration, Waiting For Guffman,
Mascots) is a lifelong Laurel and Hardy
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