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Boys at the Bull 2024
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Photo taken at the Bull Inn, Bottesford, Easter Day, 13th April 1952... colourised by the Leicestershire Chronicle about 25 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 15th 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, our Laurel & Hardy film show will be themed on celebrating all their long suffering on-screen wives and their exasperating relationships with the Boys.  Of course, this film show will culminate in the best example of this kind - a showing of one of the Boys' best feature films,  SONS OF THE DESERT (1933).    
We also plan to screen one of the newly restored 1927 in High Definition from the recent US Blu-ray boxset.  I'm also hoping that John Palmer will be able to bring 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... and yes, we will be having a raffle, an observational quiz and the usual long round of toasts.  
The event is FREE and everyone is very welcome... including your long suffering wives, husbands and partners!  Oh, those Sons of the Desert!
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 and 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 10.30 am, Saturday morning.  
The Beau Hunks Tent continues to meet with a Laurel and 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.  It's free and all are very welcome.

 For more information please contact the Grand Sheik, Dave Tomlinson at

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