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Conversion of Stan's school

A HOUSING association is working on the £5.2 million redevelopment of a rundown old school which was once attended by comedy legend Stan Laurel.

Railway Housing Association is building 28 affordable homes for rent on the site of the old King James School at Bishop Auckland.

This includes the sympathetic restoration of the front of the main Grade II listed building - often referred to as the Laurel Building after the school’s most famous former popular pupil - which was badly damaged in a fire in 2007.


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Grand Order of Water Rats

I came across a website blog about ‘This is Music Hall’ transmitted in 1955. It was a programme produced by, and starring Water Rats. It was introduced with a small clip of film of Laurel & Hardy with a message to fellow Rats. We are familiar with the L&H intro (it is on the GOWR website) but I always thought the show itself was missing. Reading the blog, maybe it does exist somewhere as it shows screen grabs on the report. Interesting eh? It would be wonderful to get a copy for the GOWR?




Keep safe, keep well and keep sane!


 Roger Robinson 

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I think we are very fortunate to have so much access on so many different mediums to Laurel and Hardy these days. When I think back to the times when we had to hope that the BBC would screen something in between tent meetings when we again watched, at best 'average', Blackhawk or similar prints on super 8 for the umpteenth time - but still loved them - well, we've never had it so good.


Original Chump, Ian Self, is more familiar that I ever will be with streaming, downloading and electronic access (whatever they mean) and in this latest Blog, looks at The Boys on Amazon Prime.


 Mike Jones 

On the telly


The Talking Pictures channel are taking a lead from The Beau Chumps Tent of Sunderland UK's great blog my Grand Sheik Mike Jones and fellow Chumps on Stan and Babes's musical prowess by showing on 

Monday 18th January 2021 at 10.30am a short compilation entitled Laurel and Hardy Musical Moments. 

Then again on

Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 7.35am

Then again on

Monday 25th January 2021 at 10.30am

Sheet Music

Not sure if these 3 are all the same offering or if they are 3 different ones. I hope they are different as to me it's daft showing the same 3 programmes so close together albeit they are only on for 10 minutes each so if they are the same they are only time fillers, but hay-ho the Boys are on TV so enjoy.


If you have not seen the blog by Mike it is well worth a look, just visit The Chumps website beauchumps.wordpress.com. It is crammed with great stuff about our heroes.


Take care and keep safe


 Peter Jones 

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Grand Sheik Paul Harding drew this super illustration.

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Artwork on offer


Another Christmas commission that I have been itching to share!

#freshfish from #towedinahole #graphite #pencil. I am taking forward orders on a limited edition print run if anybody is interested? Drop me a message if you would like to go on the waiting list. As usual number one is up for grabs to the first taker! Please feel free to share. www.stevelilart.co.uk


 Steve Lilly  

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Man Cave

On Facebook, Steve Trodd posted these images of his amazing "Man Cave".


Leave 'Em Laughing


Leave 'Em Laughing is not the best of the silents; in fact it's probably best known these days for the poster on the wall in Friends? However, it is a film that will have you in stitches! Not so much at the comedy, but inescapably at the antics of Stan and Ollie who literally can not stop laughing due to an 'overdose' of Nitrous Oxide (or laughing gas to you and me). Anyway, I'm very familiar with the image on the left - in fact it's been on the Leave 'Em Laughing page on the Beau Chumps tent website since I launched it, but the calmer image on the right (the calm before the storm, perhaps?) is one I hadn't seen before. Great stuff


 Mike Jones 

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More pipes

Further to Eric Schultz’s piece in our last Bulletin, he sent us this further illustration of the Scottish Plumber!

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...and finally