Sean McDonald is the Mayor of Worthing. He is also a big Laurel and Hardy fan. He tells us, "As part of my Charities this year, I am hosting a Laurel and Hardy evening at the Southern Pier Pavilion on our delightful pier in Worthing."
It promises to be a night to remember and all are welcome.
Laughing Gravy Tent
The Laughing Gravy Tent of Birmingham meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Crown Members Club, Tyburn Rd, Erdington. They show the Boys' films on a giant screen, sell Laurel and Hardy memorabilia, have a raffle and "generally have a good laugh". The club sells hot and cold food and has a large car park. Attendance at meetings isusually around 100 to 120 people. Children are welcome.
The tent publishes a Laughing Gravy Annual every year in addition to regular issues of The Birmingham Bark.
A Chump At Oxford is one of my favorite Laurel and Hardy films. Recently, I was "chatting" with fellow Son, Irv Hyatt, by email and I asked him about the scenes in that movie where the Boys are in a maze and how that was done. Irv was nice enough to give me some background information, below, that I found of interest and maybe you might, too.
Bacon Grabbers Tent and The Big Noise Tent
During the last 13 years Chris Coffey has visited Laurel and Hardy events 6 times in Europe and 4 times in America. We asked Chris for an update on his two tents. He says...
Brats Tent 28th University Meeting
The Brats Tent celebrated their 28th University meeting this month. As part of the celebrations we invited Professor Patsy to perform her Punch and Judy show to a packed house!
Following the performance Patsy stayed throughout the remainder of the meeting and said that she enjoyed the evening so much that she will be returning in future as a member
You may recognise Patsy as she also performed at last year's UK Convention in Sheffield .
Two Tars Tent of Philadelphia: Fall Banquet
The Two Tars Tent of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, held its Fall Banquet on October 14, at the well-known Cannstatter Club near downtown Philly. I had the opportunity to join them for this fun event. Grand Sheik Roger Gordon and the other members of the tent were very welcoming to all who attended, and Sons from various tents traveled many miles to attend this Banquet. Of course, the Cannstatter Buffet is very well-known and the food was plentiful and delicious. Featured L&H films included "Scram" and "Saps At Sea," and a few other interesting films were shown. The featured presentation was the stand-up comedy of Bob Greenberg, a member of the Founding Tent of New York, and someone who has appeared on Broadway shows, the Friar's Club, New York's Comedy Club, touring shows, etc. His performance for us included a number of impersonations, particularly of Stan and Babe. It was a very enjoyable night with fellow Sons.
Gino Dercola has a newsgroup which regularly circulates an enormous amount of news and information about the Sons of the Desert and Laurel and Hardy. It is free of change and is highly recommended. Contact Gino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morecambe and Wise statue
Have you seen/heard the news about Graham Ibbeson's Morecambe and Wise statue that was unveiled in Blackpool Winter Gardens this week? Here is a link with more details.