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Frank Sugden RIP



Sad news, I'm afraid. Frank Sugden passed away on Friday 3rd June, he was 95 years old.

The funeral will be at 11.40am on Tuesday 14th June 2016 at Walton Lea Crematorium, near Warrington. 

Hopefully the Sons can be well represented as a mark of respect for a great man who was well loved and respected in the Sons' family.

Eric Woods

Frank was the Film Vizier of the Be Big Tent from the very early days up until just a couple of years ago. Our condolences go out to Frank's family and friends.

Dean Carroll

In our early years Frank and Joyce offered to pay an annual visit the Brats Tent to screen films on 16mm  so that we could see the 'Boys' as they are supposed to be seen - on the big screen (as opposed to the relatively small TV screen to which we were accustomed).

They also brought along song sheets, and they would lead the singalong to many a L&H tune which was always a special part of the night!

We enjoyed the singalongs so much that when the Tent hosted the UK Convention in 1999 at Hellaby Hall, we asked Frank and Joyce if they would mind leading a singalong on the first night - suffice to say it went down a storm and for the remainder of the convention "Tremble....." from Fra Diavolo was still being sung.

Following the sad loss of Joyce, Frank was no longer in a position to travel over to Sheffield from his home in Northwich but we would still see him at events in Ulverston etc.

We will definitely raise a glass to Frank at our Tent meeting on Monday in honour of a gentleman and a gentle man!  

John Burton

The first time I met Frank was in 1983, in Grange-over-Sands at a planning meeting for the International Convention, to be held in Ulverston the following year. Frank and Joyce played a key role at the convention and, of course, many another Sons event.

He became a valued (and I do mean valued) and prolific contributor to Bowler Dessert and I always enjoyed and appreciated his input, his support and his company.

The last time I met Frank was at the unveiling of the Laurel and Hardy statue in 2009, when Frank enjoyed - as he often did - his day out in the town of Stan's birth.

I never lost touch with Frank and I am saddened by his loss, as are countless other Sons. His loss is a big one.


Willie McIntyre