New Night Owls Tent of Oldham

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Most of us are Oldhamers and existing members of Be Big Tent in Ashton under Lyne and have been for 30 years plus.  We’re also frequent visitors to Sailors Beware in Hyde and will continue to be.


As there’s never been (to my knowledge) a SOTD Tent in Oldham, which is a neighbouring Greater Manchester Borough to Tameside (Ashton, Hyde and Stalybridge), we decided to form Night Owls as there seemed to be a lot of local interest in L&H in Oldham.


Why Night Owls? The Owl is the symbol of Oldham so it seemed appropriate as there’s also currently no other UK Tent we’re aware of using the name.


Check out our Facebook page “Night Owls UK “ - we called it that as there’s a US Tent in Connecticut on FB called “Night Owls Tent”.


Following our opening night on 4th January we’ve had some good press (see above) and we’re expecting a good turnout for our next meeting on 1st February.


 Garry Errock 

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Donation to Variety


Bowler Dessert Online has donated £25.00 to Variety, the Children’s Charity, helped by the sale of Christmas cards last year. Thanks go to all those who bought cards. Your donation has been much appreciated.

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Beau Chumps meet

Over 30 were at the first Beau Chumps tent meeting of 2022, and a swell time was had by all. 

A remarkable £110 was added to tent coffers via the raffle and sales stall and Blind Veterans UK was nominated as this year’s charity by Chump Andy who already raises funds for that splendid cause.

Thanks to all who attended and we’re already looking forward to February 9th when we’ll enjoy the director’s cut of Gary Winstanley’s ‘Laurel and Hardy’s Road to Laughter’.

 Mke Jones 


McGrath’s play back on the radio


First broadcast in 1996, Tom McGrath’s play Laurel and Hardy is being aired next Sunday (16th) afternoon, 16.00, preceded by the Glen Mitchell prog about the UK tours.



 Dave Williamson 

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Address change at Laughing Gravy Tent of Tingley


Shirley Bottomley, Grand Sheik of the Laughing Gravy Tent of Tingley (Oasis 47), has changed her address to

8 Balmoral Court




Brats Tent

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Laurel and Hardy in Glasgow

Catch a rare clip of Laurel and Hardy in Glasgow in 1952 at https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=189173808659077.


Neil Brand event


Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh will host Neil Brand with a musical accompaniment to silent Laurel & Hardy films on Thursday 10th February at 19 30.


 Chris Craig 

Intra-Tent Journal


What's black and white and read all over? This winter's issue of the ITJ, due to be mailed mid-January (at the printer now). Featured: the final instalment in "Transition to Sound."

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They Go Boom


Spotted Facebook

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Laurel and HarDay 2022


It's a while off yet but the organising and planning has now begun! 

The 30th Laurel & HarDay in Wigan, hosted by the Dirty Work Tent.

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How to Draw Laurel & Hardy 



Here's a YouTube link:



Have a look and let me see your artistic results!


 Harry Hoppe 

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On the telly

Golf lingo


John Burton writes, “Mark Rodgers forwarded the piece below to me calling it golf lingo.”

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…and finally


Spotted by Jimmy Marshall