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At the Panopticon


I knew that we were in for something special on 5th October when someone told me that folk were queuing in the street to see Laurel and Hardy in Way Out West. I was making a few last-minute preparations at the Panopticon in Glasgow and I was reassured to learn that things looked so promising.

It turned out to be the very best Laurel and Hardy show ever at the Panopticon - and the Call of the Cuckoos Tent has now been staging these shows there for eleven years, having experienced many previous highs.

Attendance is currently limited to 130 by fire regulations, so unfortunately a few folk had to be turned away, which is always regrettable. But such is the pulling power of Stan and Ollie!

The atmosphere throughout the show was electric and the laughter was both overwhelming and inspiring. It truly was.

Someone requested Them Thar Hills, which worked a treat as a supporting short, and (cleverly, I thought) we finished with Going Bye-Bye.

Many thanks to all those who have supported these shows for another season at the Panopticon, where Stan Laurel made his stage debut over a century ago. We still feel his presence and honour his and Ollie's names.

Willie McIntyre