Boys at the Bull

 DAVE TOMLINSON reports 

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At the Bull Inn, Bottesford, Easter Day, 13th April 1952... photo colourised by the Leicestershire Chronicle about 20 years ago

The Nottingham Beau Hunks Tent once again invite everyone everywhere to join them in an afternoon of film fun and frivolity at the Bull Inn in Bottesford (between Nottingham & Grantham, NG130BW) on Saturday 18th June, 1pm until 6pm.  The Bull Inn was once run by Stan's sister, Beatrice Olga and her husband Bill Healey.   Stan & Ollie visited the pub on a number of occasions during their 1952 and 1953/4 variety theatre tours of the UK.   The pub's lounge is adorned with photographs and memorabilia all in memory of those very special visits. 

 

This year, we have entitled our Laurel & Hardy film extravaganza  "TWICE TWO - PART DEUX" as the Tent celebrates its 22nd year in the year 2022.    Indeed, we will be showing many two-reel Laurel and Hardy short talkie films where the comedy duo, double up,  see double,  speak double, double take  or  take two .  Our special film show will culminate in the showing of one of the Boys' best feature films,  SONS OF THE DESERT (1933).    

 

The highlight of the day will be a premiere screening of a complete and restored version of the silent short THE SECOND HUNDRED YEARS (1927) by film historian and tent member, Robin Cook.  Robin has meticulously restored this film based on  copies of the original 35mm film elements and using bespoke specialist film restoration software/techniques.   I've been told by authoritative observers that the print quality is absolutely amazing - indeed the best they've seen!

 

John Palmer will also be bringing his fabulous Model T Ford motorcar, presenting an ideal opportunity for photos.  

 

In attendance, we also hope to have a number of eminent Laurel & Hardy book authors selling and signing their books.  We will be having a raffle, a silent auction and a film observational quiz.   

 

The event is FREE and all kids aged from 2 to 122 are very welcome.

 

In the morning,  we will again be visiting The Plough Inn in Barkston (4 miles north of Grantham) where Stan's father, AJ,  and his sister, Beatrice Olga, once lived and ran the small pub during the 1940s - and where of course Stan & Ollie made at least one visit during their 1947 variety tour.   We will also be visiting AJ's grave in the village and paying our due respects to a very special father.    Those interested in this pre-event ...please meet at the Stag Inn at the centre of this small village (NG322NB) at 10.00 am, Saturday morning.  

     

The Beau Hunks Tent continues to meet with a Laurel & Hardy film show  every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Bridge Inn (outside function room) in Longmoor Lane, Sandiacre, Nottingham NG105LW at 7.30pm.  All are welcome.

For more information please contact the Grand Sheik, Dave Tomlinson at  DTomlinson@tinyworld.co.uk