Apologies to anyone who wanted a place at our convention. Unfortunately, despite the Holiday Inn having more rooms that would accommodate more people, the main function room has a maximum seating capacity of 120, hence the limit. The Holiday Inn is also the biggest venue we could find in the area, one hotel in Wigan town centre had a limit of just 80 people. Also based on previous convention numbers, we thought this was an average amount anyway.
Watching your commitment to get this film "out of the vault" was astonishing! From the first pledge to the last, to those who pre-ordered one or many copies, to those who just made a donation, I deeply appreciate everyone's effort in fulfilling my dream of getting this film "out of the vault" for the enjoyment of my fellow fans and collectors.
KickStarter requires two weeks to sort out the financial end. They will provide me with a final list of donors. The documentary is wrapping up and the credits are being prepared.
I can't thank you enough!
I Joseph Hyatt
Soon: Our major new research
Our major new research
Also features new interviews/ Q&A's/ comments with TV and film actors such as David Soul, Alistair McGowan and Tom Goodman-Hill (star of Humans, and yes a Stan look-alike) and Sons of the Desert lookalikes, such as James McKenna, Gary Stanley Slade and Gregg Taylor / Thomas Seymour.
Written with the assistance of Roger Robinson, Benedetto Gemma, Christian Blees, Arn Koppens, Tyler St Mark, Rob Lewis, Howard Parker, Ali Stevenson, Brad Farrell and Michael Ehret.
Foreword by Gary Winstanley.
This will be available late 2018/early 2019.
Volume 2 details all known lookalikes and tribute acts in theatrical stage productions, including street performance, circus and improvisation.
Also features listings of over 30 versions of Tom McGrath plays, with reviews, photos and interviews, and listings of multiple Killing of Sister George "appearances".
Featuring new interviews/ Q&A's with Jeffrey Holland, David Robinson from Searchlight Theatre (the writer of Mr Laurel & Mr Hardy), Ken Chubb (director of 1981's Gone with Hardy), Andrew Craig Shepherd (of Fiddle & the Bow fame), Jonathan Kaufman (director of 1999's Stan & Ollie), Nickie Paule (of the 1984 musical fame), Mark Hadfield (Stan in 1984's Blockheads), Philip Hutchinson (from Lucky Dog), Tyler St Mark, TV star Peter Duncan, Simon Baker (McGrath play 2007), Bud Hodgson, magician Jimmy Carlo, the family of war veteran Harry Griffiths, the son of 1940's "Ollie" Dump Harris, Stephen Harper & Mike Goodenough (conducted in Stoke 2007) and Robin Simpson & Steve Varnom (conducted in Stoke 2008).
Foreword by David Tomlinson, with an "End Word" by Jeffrey Holland.
Available soon... Watch this space!
Browsing the web, Tony Hillman came across an item entitled "The crumbling of ruins Stan Laurel's Grammar School" on Daily Mail Online.
Mike Jones writes, "Such a shame. I well remember visiting St James' in 1987 when a plaque was unveiled commemorating Stan's attendance, watched on by Bill Cubin, many of the Beau Chumps Tent and many other Sons luminaries.
Sadly, despite a good hunt, I can't find any of the photographs I took on the day, especially as many of these were interiors - I particularly remember the wooden bunks in the dorms.
I did however find a photo taken a year later during the convention parade through Bishop Auckland with St James 1 Grammar in the background.
I also couldn't resist attaching the one below - Peter Wood and Ronnie Dunn with Dinah and 'Rosina' posing for the local paper. Possibly my favourite photo from the Beau Chumps convention.
While looking for the St James photos, I also came across the one below from my Glasgow 1987 snaps. We're outside a pre-restored Panopticon.
'Gee, you sure have altered but you haven't changed a bit!' I've got a fringe too! I can't even remember that...
Willie McIntyre with Mike Jones
Before I put this signed photograph of Laurel & Hardy on eBay, I would like to offer it to all L&H fans through this site.
It's an interesting photo mainly because of its size of 7,8" x 13,4" (20 x 34 cm) and Stan`s partial inscription in French. Oliver Hardy's signature is faded but still visible. The photo is very sharp, but unfortunately, some "block-head" decided to slightly trim it, cutting off part of the 'S' in Stan's name.
Stan & Ollie signed the photo for the bandleader at the Alhambra Theatre, Brussels (Belgium) in December 1947.
The price is 690 US-Dollar (= 590 Euro).
If you are interested to buy it please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.