Gary Slade, Mark Greenhowe,  Marion Grave and Matthew Cooper

Top honour for Laurel and Hardy Museum

It was a great honour to be one of the winners of the 2019 Ulverston Carnival at the Ulverston Carnival Awards Presentation held at the Laurel and Hardy Museum. The Sons of the Desert were the best overall winners in the Carnival.


Gary Stanley Slade in Facebook

Coming to Denton

Brats and Sailors at Halloween


The Brats Tent visited our Twin Tent the Sailors Beware Tent to celebrate Halloween on 31st Octember.


We took along with us a fantastic pumpkin that had been carved by one of the staff from our home pub the Harlequin in Sheffield.


We had a fantastic night in the company of great friends and with tray bake pies to keep us warm I can think of no better way to celebrate Halloween.


John Burton

Intra-Tent Journal


The latest issue of the Intra-Tent Journal has arrived and includes a lengthy article on Stan Laurel's days in Vaudeville in the USA. As always there is plenty of Sons news from around the world.


Contact editor boatesteacher@gmail.com.

Sondayz 2020


After a successful Sondayz weekend it's time to look ahead to the future which means we are going to  make new plans for the next Annual Dutch Convention - The Laurel & Hardy Sondayz 2020!


The date for the next Sondayz will be 24th and 25th October 2020


As soon as we have a program we will update you all on what to expect and what the total price will be. We will look for a good deal with hotels and from there on we will we decide where the Sondayz will be held. The Sondayz 2020 price will include 1 or 2 nights in a hotel including breakfast and transportations. Of course we will arrange lunches and diners as well.

For now, for those who attempted the Sondayz 2019, we hope you can relax for a while and look back to a great time in Bergen op Zoom and we hope to see you next year. 

For those who weren't there, You really missed a great party and we hope to see you next year.


Here is our new e-mail address jitterbugstent@gmail.com

Clean sweep


Fellow Chump Anth Q spotted this on his travels. Isn't this a brilliant piece of marketing? Anth noted that he's sure they do a better job than Stan and Ollie, which is a good point...


Steve, the owner, replied to my text: "I'm glad you like the van with two of the greatest comedians on the back... It has been getting noticed all over the North East."


He is keen to meet up and he is hoping to make one of our meetings with his co-sweep! Somewhere an electric chair is waiting.

As you probably know, most Laurel and Hardy films changed massively between script and shooting, and this was certainly the case with Way Out West. Alan Kent sent me a couple of screenshots  of an alternative Way Out West script a while ago, so I did some digging and came up with this:




which is in the Blog section of the Website. I think it is really interesting, especially as my vague memory of a 'spinning' sign for Brushwood Gulch is given some credence. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.


Mike Jones

Film show at Mossley Masonic Hall


The show was staged on 9th November by Gary Errock of the Be Big Tent Ashton u Lyne. It consisted of an intro about the Sons and who we are, a short live "skit" performed by lookalikes, from the nearby Sailors Beware Tent. This led into the first film, The music Box. Another short skit, with a little magic followed.Then the main event, Sons of the Desert.

There were over 30 people in the audience, Masons, Sons, & members of the public.

Three tents were represented, Be Big, Blotto (Paul Brodie) and Sailors Beware. There was tea & coffee provided and a choice of hot pies, plus the films, all for £1.00. Talk about value for money. A raffle was held in aid of a local homeless charity. Visitors were invited into the Masonic Lodge room, where a small exhibition was on display.


Dave Williamson

Did you see?


The Apprentice (BBC1, 06.11.19.) had two participants squabbling in a childish manner. On The Apprentice - You’re Fired, which followed on BBC2, Tom Allen likened them to Laurel and Hardy and presented a lengthy selection of their antics, backed by the Ku-Ku theme tune. 

And finally...


Spied on the Facebook page of the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Harlem

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