Laurel and Hardy
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2017 European Convention

I hope you all had a good time at the convention in Ghent. If you want to relive some of the moments or just see what you all have been up to, we have some great pictures for you on our website.

Go to and click on the link to the photos.

Thank you all for joining in the fun. You made it a fantastic weekend.

 Fraternally yours,
Marc De Coninck
Grand Sheik - Me and my Pal Tent, Belgium

Fantastic it certainly was! Bowler Dessert Online will have some photos to share in due course.
Thanks, Marc and your team, for a swell time.

The Birmingham Bark

The esteemed periodical of the Laughing Gravy Tent of Birmingham is another cracker! Contact Grand Sheik John Ullah for details.

Sailors Beware Tent's Stanley was there!

Sailors Beware had a special guest and new member join us at our July meeting. Stanley Pritchard works with tent member Mark "Sparky" Hughes and has for some time been telling him that he saw the "Boys" at Manchester Hippodrome in November 1953 when he was a young lad. He lived two minutes away from the theatre at the time and his mum bought tickets for him, his brother and herself to go and see them. He remembered clearly that, although it was only a two minute walk to the theatre, it took half an hour to get in as the crowds outside were so big!! To see stars from the screen was a big occasion and Laurel and Hardy certainly drew the crowds. He remembered Hardy coming on first and a little while later Stanley coming on sweeping up.

Stanley has loved the comedy duo all his life and was delighted to come along and share his story and enjoy watching classic films with fellow Sons of the Desert.

Stuart Green

Kitten Kong's Legends 1 - Laurel & Hardy

As you know, I've been doing a music podcast for the last nearly 3 years... I've decided to add a new series 'Kitten Kong's Legends' starting with the Boys.

Any feedback welcome.

Stephen Barlow!/user/kkong/kitten-kongs-legends-1-laurel-hardy

We enjoyed the show, Stephen. Keep the Laurel and Hardy content coming, please!


Laurel & Hardy: Their Lives And Magic is airing on Sky Arts (Channel 122 on Virginmedia in the UK) on Thursday 10th August 21:00-22:45.

Set your recorder if you're going to the mountains

Fred Terris

The programme is billed as containing rare footage, including an interview with Lois Laurel and some colour footage of the Boys.

Registration forms are available on the convention website at, where additional information and most everything anyone would want to know about the convention may be found.

The full-color awe-inspiring and eminently intriguing convention Facebook page ( also contains valuable convention information and (we think) amusing photos pertaining to the convention and potential convention activities. Please continue to also regularly review this page for yet additional information that will exponentially expand your Cincinnati conclave mental database.

On a more, much more, serious note, please see the latest convention video below as it will help you understand what a seriously funny affair the convention will be. It is an 8-minute video in two parts, with the latter part showing just how serious we are in wanting to turn any of your 19th century photographic countenances into 21st century laughs:

Cincinnati 2018 Convention Committee

Jitterbugs on Facebook

At the moment it is not possible to visit the Facebook pages of the Jitterbugs Tent or the Laurel & Hardy Sondayz 2018. We are working hard to get them back on line again and have asked Facebook for permission to open the pages again. Something went wrong!

We hope to have them up and running again within the next few days.

Hans, Graham, René

Edinburgh plays

All three Scottish tents will be attending the two Laurel and Hardy plays at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - though not all at the same time!

As previously mentioned the plays are...

Hats Off to Laurel and Hardy by Lucky Dog Theatre Productions.

Apex Grassmarket Hotel from 11.00 to 12.00 cost £10.00/£8.00.

Saturday/ Sunday 19th and 20th August

Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy by Searchlight Theatre Company

Greenside @ Nicolson Square from 15.00 to 16.00 cost £11.00/ £9.00/ £7.50

Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday/ Monday 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th August.

Dates with the Laughing Gravy Tent in Birmingham

At the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh: